Project-Based Learning (PBL) opens a wealth of opportunities to personalize instruction, increase student engagement, and deepen learning. The following resources provide a framework and toolkit for implementing the key elements of PBL. Particularly for beginners, it’s sometimes easier to start with a few elements and build up to full-blown projects. In fact, any one of these elements can be used on its own to increase engagement in regular classroom instruction.
To continue building your PBL practice, check out the following posts on our blog:
- Five PBL Mistakes I’ve Made and How You Can Avoid Making Them Too
- Five Ways to Create a Safer Space for Student Feedback
- Six Strategies to Strengthen Student Research
- The Authentic PBL Audience within Your School
- 5 Ways to Boost Student Reflection from Project Zero
- PBL, The Global Goals, and Empathy
- Creating a PBL rubric? Here’s a little advice.
- Creating a PBL rubric? Advice Part II
- 5 PBL Do’s and Don’ts for Administrators
- Design Thinking: Bridging the Gap in PBL Theory & Practice
- Two Design Methods to Bolster Student Feedback Sessions
- Two Design Methods to Jumpstart Student Research
- Three Design Methods to Spark Student Brainstorming
- Three Design Methods to Guide Student Decision-Making
- Two Design Methods to Bring Students’ Ideas to Life
- Is PBL the best way to teach?
- Making PBL Presentations More Impactful for Your Students
PBL: Learning Outcomes & Assessments
Identifying the content or skills students should be able to demonstrate by the conclusion of a project is a key step in any PBL journey.
PBL: Driving Question
The big question (or set of smaller questions) that guides student learning through any PBL project.
PBL: Real World Connection
"Real-world” problems as a key to helping students see the relevance of classroom learning.
Applying research techniques in PBL -- from surveys and experiments to web searches and library visits.
PBL: Feedback & Revision
Feedback & Revision as a process for refining ideas and helping students build a disposition toward improvement, not just completion.
PBL: Student Voice & Choice
Giving students a say in choosing a project or even shaping it in smaller ways creates a sense of ownership.
Reflection is a critical disposition that takes time and effort to develop. PBL offers a space for building in reflective practice.
PBL: Public Presentation
Presenting their project to an audience that’s invested in the outcome underscores both its relevance and the students’ sense of ownership.
PBL: Planning & Additional Resources
Additional resources for planning and building a successful PBL project.
A key to developing the best possible response to a driving question lies in generating ideas through structured brainstorming.