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.
Below you will first see a set of links to blog posts design to support you in continuing to build your PBL practice. Following those links, you’ll see a set of tiles which take you to sets of materials to support specific elements of PBL.
PBL Blog Links
- 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.