Monday, October 28, 2013

PBL - Know What it Is?

What is PBL?

Project Based Learning

With Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through a process of inquiry in response to a question, problem, or challenge.

If we are serious about reaching 21st Century educational goals, PBL must be at the center of 21st Century instruction.  The project contains and frames the curriculum, which differs from the short "project" or activity added onto traditional instruction.  PBL is, "The Main Course, not Dessert.2013 Buck Institute for Education

What are the benefits?

  • Students gain a meaningful, deeper understanding of the concept being learned
  • builds 'life-long' learning skills
  • Students gain vital work-place skills
  • Students become motivated and responsible for their own learning!

The Most Important Ingredient to Successfully Using PBL in Your Classroom...

"Give Up Power to Empower" This is my mantra for teaching. For too long, students have been conditioned not to have power in their education. As PBL helps to empower students, the teacher must be willing to give up the power to them. Don't be a helicopter. Be present, but also give space for them to take ownership and problem solve.
 To read about the 20 most important tips for successful PBL management go yo:

Twenty Tips for Managing Project-Based Learning

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