"For veteran PBL teacher Don Wettrick, 'nothing is better than a project that gets community buy-in.' Connecting students with an authentic audience is key, he says, to driving engagement and helping students relate what they are learning to the real world."
Well-designed project-based learning (PBL) has been shown to result in deeper learning and more engaged, self-directed learners. Learn more in this video about the five core elements of successful PBL: real world connection, core to learning, structured collaboration, student-driven, and multifaceted assessment.
Project-based learning doesn't mean leaving standards behind. Follow these tips to plan projects that challenge your students and align with core learning goals.
"People often debate about whether we should be process-driven or product-driven in project-based learning. But I think there’s a third option. We can be learning-driven. In other words, we should start with the question, “What do we want students to learn?” and let that drive the process and the product."
We’ve noticed over the years of facilitating our PBL 101 workshops that one of the most challenging parts for teachers designing a project is writing the driving question. Many teachers are great at creating curriculum units and lesson plans, and many are great at working with students, but crafting the wording of a question that captures the heart of a project can be tricky.
A range of ideas for a fabulous project-based learning entry event.
Studies have proven that when implemented well, project-based learning (PBL) can increase retention of content and improve students' attitudes towards learning, among other benefits. Edutopia's PBL research review explores the vast body of research on the topic and helps make sense of the results.
Interdisciplinary projects that live beyond the classroom.
The projects you will find here have been curated by BIE and were gathered from online project libraries. *Remember to use these as a STARTING point for your project design.*