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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.

Overview

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. Watch an introduction video.

History

What's the History of PBL?

Confucius and Aristotle were early proponents of learning by doing. Socrates modeled how to learn through questioning, inquiry, and critical thinking -- all strategies that remain very relevant in today's PBL classrooms. Learn more.

Experts

What the Experts Say

"One of the major advantages of project work is that it makes school more like real life." --Sylvia Chard, University of Alberta See what other experts say.

Research

Research: Studies on PBL Success

Did you know PBL students remember learned content for longer periods of time? Did you know PBL students view themselves as better prepared in problem solving and perform better in tasks that emphasize understanding and application of knowledge? Dig deeper.

Discuss

3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

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Turn Genius Hour Into Genius Year

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Critical Thinking Pathways

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Project Management Methodology for the Primary School

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Grading PBL

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Getting into the PBL Groove

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PBL Key Piece of Deeper Learning Puzzle

Blogger Suzie Boss makes the case for using project-based instruction to achieve deeper learning.

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PBL and Culturally Responsive Instruction

English teacher Rob Wood concludes Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL by explaining the pedagogical differences between Inclusive Cultural Response and Reactive Cultural Response.

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How Building a Car Can Drive Deeper Learning (Is School Enough? Series)
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How Building a Car Can Drive Deeper Learning

Math used to be a struggle for 14-year-old Kathryn, until she fell in love with cars and started a hands-on project to build her own. Now the math matters and makes sense, and a whole new world of learning has opened up for her.

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We Don't Like "Projects"

Shawn Cornally, founder of the Big Ideas School, suggests that the first step toward successful PBL is getting students to understand why they don't need to experience dread when they hear the word project.

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Building Partnerships to Expand the PBL Classroom

Human geography teacher Karissa Stay continues Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL with an offbeat analogy that compares finding the right outside expert with dating and marriage.

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Integrated Studies Research Review: Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

Evidence points to seven key approaches to integrating curricula that have been shown to be effective.

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Zombie-Based Learning -- "Braaaaaaains!"

From PBL to ZBL, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller explores a new twist to project-based learning: the pedagogical benefits of Zombies!

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5 Tips for Flipping Your PBL Classroom

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller considers how the project-based learning and flipped classroom models can successfully intersect, offering five tips for engaging students in the project while moving aspects of it outside the classroom walls.

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Students Can Get Work Done in Groups

For project learning to be most effective, students must understand how to work together.

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PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller looks at the enhanced possibilities of using 21st century skills to engage students with real-world challenges through combining the pedagogical model of PBL with the rich content area of STEAM.

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A Reading List for Project-Based Learning

Explore these project-based learning resources for educators and parents.

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Financial Literacy for Elementary Students

Ohio's 2011 Milken National Educator Award, Brian Page, explains the importance of financial literacy for elementary students.

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Personal Learning Networks Are Virtual Lockers for Schoolkids

Students drive their education with custom-made Web pages equipped with RSS feeds.

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Project-Based Learning Research: Annotated Bibliography

Dig deeper into the specific articles, studies, and reports included in our project-based learning research review.

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