HOW WILL I KNOW IF PBL IS RIGHT FOR ME OR MY CHILD?You or your child may be interested in PBL if you:
Because of these things you or your child may feel more engaged in learning and thus successful in school.
- want greater choice in their learning.
- want to work in groups and have more independence.
- want to make and design things that show what they learn.
MORE ABOUT PROJECT BASED LEARNING
In a project based learning school students learn by researching, designing and implementing a project to answer a real world problem, meet a challenge, or serve a community interest. Teachers organize the curriculum into themes and develop projects with questions or challenges to be solved. To meet the challenge, or solve the problem, students work in project teams and are guided by their teacher to find the information they need to plan their project. Students are encouraged to find ideas and answers to their questions from multiple sources such as books, the internet, as well as community resources and experts. Teachers work with students to provide instruction and skills needed by students as they complete their project. Projects are varied according to student interests and ideas. Students may complete a task such as preparing, building and installing informational signs for a school forest nature trail that explains the wildlife of the area. Others may design and publish a web page or a diorama that provides information about the history of the community. Students apply what they have learned in a way that is both useful and dynamic.
Want to more about PBL? Visit the Buck Institute for education at www.BIE.org