Project Based Learning- What is it?

We are hearing the words Project Based Learning more and more in schools every day. The big question now is, What is Project Based Learning (PBL)? PBL learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of hte subjects they are studying.

Let's look at some characteristics of a project that would be consisered PBL.
Characteristics of PBL:
-Students make decisions within a prescribed framework
-There's a problem or challenge without a predetermined solution
-Students design the process for reaching the solution
-Students are responsible for accessing and managing the information they gather
-Evaluation takes place continuosly
-Students regularly reflect on what they're doing
-A final product (not necessarily material) is produced and is evaluated for quality
-The classroom has an atmosphere that tolerates error and change
Generally speaking,
students engaged in a project......
- have some choice in deciding what they will work on
- plan their own project
- participate in defining criteria and rubrics to assess their project
- solve problems they encounter while working on their project
- make some sort of presentation of their project

An Introduction to PBL

How To Use It In Class
A simple google search of Project Based Learning will open up a world of examples for you on types of projects and how to implement them in your classroom. Below are links to some websites with these examples.

Grade 6-8 Example "Is Joe Camel (Smoking) Guilty"?
Grades K-2 Example "Graph Goodies"
Grades 9-12 Example Children's Book Project

Assignment: Create Your Own Project
You will take the template provided to plan your own PBL lesson (does not have to be taught in class). Fill out the form provided, save and attach to the Edmodo group. Also, post a reflection on Edmodo that includes your thoughts on PBL and if you would integrate this technique into your classroom.

PBL Lesson Template