Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. It is not just memorizing for a test. There are 8 main elements that are involved in Project Based Learning; student voice and choice, driving question, need to know, 21st  century skills, curriculum content, audience-presented product, reflection and revision, and in-dept inquiry. The descriptions for each are pasted below.

  • Key Knowledge, Understanding, and Success Skills – The project is focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, and self-management.
  • Challenging Problem or Question – The project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve or a question to answer, at the appropriate level of challenge.
  • Sustained Inquiry – Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, finding resources, and applying information.
  • Authenticity – The project features real-world context, tasks and tools, quality standards, or impact – or speaks to students’ personal concerns, interests, and issues in their lives.
  • Student Voice & Choice – Students make some decisions about the project, including how they work and what they create.
  • Reflection – Students and teachers reflect on learning, the effectiveness of their inquiry and project activities, the quality of student work, obstacles and how to overcome them.
  • Critique & Revision – Students give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products.
  • Public Product Students make their project work public by explaining, displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom.

Here is a video that explains Project Based Learning with real life examples.

This video uses a cool example about students having the flu. He asked he students why so many students all got sick at once. Then it turned into a class discussion. He decided to use this as a teaching and learning opportunity. The students went in depth with the project, they did research, and then made posters explaining how the flu spreads and essentially why. This is a great example of using a driving question to approach real solutions.

This is another great video that explains and gives steps for Problem Based Learning.

Here is an example of a school that uses project based learning as their main curriculum.

One of the things I learned from this video is that Project Based Learning is not doing projects from theme units at all but rather solving a problem. This is so important to use in the classroom because it teaches them how to solve real life problems. This type of learning allows them to come up with solutions to this problem. Experiments and other hands on activities, and collaboration really drive Project Based Learning. These means that learning may not always be taking place in the classroom, but instead outside or at some other facility.

I find this type of learning quite intriguing. They always say that you learn the best when you’re actually doing the work or activity rather than it just being explained to you. I think that is exactly what Project Based Learning does. Some of the issues may not having the resources to do this type of learning, but there would be ways around it, it just might take more work.

Here is a link to a blog about PBL. It gives you tools, steps, activities, and information on PBL.

https://groups.diigo.com/group/projectbasedlearning 

These are three Twitter accounts that support and encourage Project Based Learning.

https://twitter.com/hackeryou          https://twitter.com/suzieboss 

https://twitter.com/MuziLearningLab   

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. So interesting, Taylor! You’ve included so much excellent information here. I see such a difference in my son when he is in a project-based classroom. He learns more, he’s much more invested, and there are NO behavior problems. It’s a miracle! It seems to me that almost every type of content could be taught more effectively through projects.

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    1. Thank you, I really enjoyed those resources! That’s a great point about no behavior problems. I think so too. I love how hands on project based learning is.

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    2. Thank you, I really enjoyed those resources! That’s a great point about no behavior problems. I think so too. I love how hands on project based learning is.

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  2. morgan13hays says:

    Great post Taylor! I really like the videos that you incorporated into your blog. Those videos are really cool and really help explain project based learning. Also, I really like the 8 elements of project based learning that you found. Great resources and thank you for sharing them with us!

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    1. I’m glad you looked into them further! i figured a video explaining would be more entertaining than my just typing about it. Feel free to use and share! Thank you for your comment!

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  3. Taylor,
    I think you had a great realm of information of project-based learning! The technology resources you used were excellent. I think that project-based learning is extremely important to utilize in the classroom because it allows students to be problem solvers. Problem solving is a skill that is essential for daily life–we are all constantly problem solving. So using a method that is going to transfer to use in real-life is incredibly important!! Thank you for the great information!!
    Chandra

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    1. I enjoy watching videos rather than just reading a bunch of information. I guess it goes along with being a visual learner. I think so too! A lot of the examples used were real world problems also.

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  4. Taylor, thanks for sharing all of the resources you did! The videos were really interesting, and really did a great job explaining project based learning further. I also liked the 8 main elements that are involved here as well. Josh

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    1. I’m glad you watched them and found them helpful! I like having a video explain it rather than just typing it.

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  5. Pelayom6 says:

    I have to say I totally love this video about what PBL is. I also wrote my blog on PBL. And I’m really enjoying how everybody looks at the same information from a different perspective. I have to say PBL DOES apply to me. Im a hands on and visual student.

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    1. I’m glad that you liked it! That’s the type of learner I am as well. It is nice that they can all look at information from a different perspective but still get the same solution to the problem.

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      1. Pelayom6 says:

        Yes you fot that right….

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  6. Love to see how we all interpret learning methods and how to implement them for our future use. Imagine how students will being do the same thing. Great post & awesome information you provided. Thanks

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    1. This proves that we all learn different! Thank you for your comments.

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  7. This is a great post! I love all the videos and bullet points you put in! It makes it so much easier to learn and understand! I like how this type of learning is about solving problems, because let’s face it, we always have to solve problems it seems like! 😉

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    1. That’s what I thought about the videos so I’m glad you agreed! Unfortunately, you’re right. Haha

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  8. angelique130 says:

    This really gave me an understanding of project based learning. The resources were helpful and very informative. I also can agree with you that when you’re actually doing something it is easier to learn because you’re doing it.
    Great blog!

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    1. It’s crazy how we all learn different, but I think that usually applies to most students. Thanks for your thoughts!

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      1. angelique130 says:

        Thanks for reading and it Is awesome that there are so many learning styles to look at!

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  9. Awesome post this week, I really enjoyed looking through all of your great resources! I use project based learning everyday in my preschool class room, it has pretty much been my life as a teacher so far. I think it really helps reach those hands on learners, and I see my students communicating better with each other everyday. If we make this type of learning more available I feel not only does it cut back on behavior issues, but also lessens the fear of school and the socializing that comes with it! So many great outcomes from project based learning!

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    1. I enjoyed that you shared your personal experience with it and especially with such young ages. Can you imagine if preschoolers are doing it, how effective it could be for older children too!

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      1. Thank you, I enjoy being able to share those stories. Yes, it can be super effective, and kid’s really get used to the idea and start creating on their own!

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  10. missboller says:

    I really like what you posted on! I would like to use this learning approach in my classroom! After watching the videos on it I feel as if I could teach this in my future classroom. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I would too! I think it would be very effective and let the students solve problems in the way they want! Those are just the beginning. There are so many resources to help with behavior issues and how to get started when using Project Based Learning.

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