What is Project-Based Learning?

My project idea will focus on PBL Professional Development for faculty. The key question will be “How can you improve parent engagement?” Teachers will create and design a classroom website thats intuitive and engages parents

Group 1: What is Project Based Learning?

Define Project Based Learning. Describe the difference between Project Based Learning and Problem Based Learning.

Project Based Learning is a dynamic learning approach, in which students develop deeper knowledge by exploring real-world problems and challenges. The difference between project based learning and problem-based learning is that project-based learning is often multi-subject, spans a longer duration of time, generally follows variously named steps, includes the creation of a product, and involves real-world connections.  Problem-based learning often focuses on a single subject, often spans a shorter length of time, follows specific traditional steps, the product can be tangible or a recommended solution in writing or presentation form, and often uses case studies or fictitious scenarios.

Why should teachers consider incorporating PBL in their classroom?

Teachers should consider incorporating PBL in their classrooms because it presents several benefits and studies show that it enhances the quality of learning. It helps them create high performing classrooms that support students by helping them practice problems solving, collaborative, and self-management skills. PBL engages and motivates students by establishing real-world connections and studies show that students are more engaged in learning when there is a direct correlation to the real world. It also helps students develop skills for lifelong learning in today’s society and encourages them to learn how to manage their learning process and personal and social responsibility.

What are the essential components of a PBL approach to instruction?

The fundamental elements of a PBL approach are understanding and success skills that focus on standards. There need to be a challenging problem or question that’s addressed to engage students in asking more questions and solve the problem while enhancing their critical thinking skills. The project should contain a component of authenticity that provides students with a connection to the real-world. Student empowerment that allows them to make decisions about the project and how they will work. Reflection, critique, revision, and public display of their product.

 

Resources:

http://bie.org/

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/pbl-vs-pbl-vs-xbl-john-larmer

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