Project Based Learning
WHAT IS PROJECT BASED LEARNING?
Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students:
- Engage in a rigorous, extended process of inquiry focused on complex, authentic questions and problems.
- Work as independently from the teacher as possible, and have some degree of "voice and choice."
- Demonstrated in-depth understanding of academic knowledge and skills.
- Build 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.
- Create high-quality products and performances which are presented to a public audience.
EXAMPLE of Project Based Learning
An interdisciplinary unit on the Renaissance in which students build a model of a machine based on a Da Vinci drawing, write and present a report on a famous artist, and perform a costumed drama about a historical event is not necessarily PBL. These activities could be part of a PBL unit if together they help students develop and present an answer to a central question such as "Was the Renaissance just a rebirth, or a whole new baby?" In this case, the unit was "activity based" but did not require rigorous inquiry into a central question.
PBL is not: a string of activities tied together under a theme, concept, time period, culture or geographic area, etc.
PBL is: a set of learning experiences and tasks that guide students in inquiry toward answering a central question, solving a problem, or meeting a challenge.