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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.

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Turn Genius Hour Into Genius Year

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3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

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PBL in LA

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Project Management Methodology for the Primary School

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PBL in LA

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PBL & Kids with Special Needs/Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Student Voice: Experiencing Deeper Learning Through PBL
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Student Voice: Experiencing Deeper Learning Through PBL

Although high school student Rahil had some academic struggles after immigrating from Fiji just a few years ago, he found opportunity and purpose in the project-based curriculum at Impact Academy.

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Weaving Debate into the Writing Process

Guest blogger Ashley Prophet describes how collaborative writing exercises can benefit from the debate process.

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Projects and Partnerships Build a Stronger Future

Blogger Suzie Boss visits a break-the-mold school where there are just eight classrooms -- all assigned to projects, not teachers.

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Reframing and Refining the Worksheet

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller assures us that worksheet doesn't have to be a dirty word, even in a PBL project.

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Learning Forum Puts PBL Teachers on World Stage

Author Suzie Boss shares some of the winning innovations from the Partners in Learning Global Forum, sponsored by Microsoft.

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Deeper Learning: Highlighting Student Work

Ron Berger, Chief Program Officer of the Expeditionary Learning schools, opens his portfolio of student work to demonstrate the immediate and longterm benefits of deeper learning.

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Student Team Members Weigh In on Each Other’s Work

Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron outlines how her language arts, middle school students hold each other accountable when working in groups.

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Seymour Papert: Project-Based Learning

Dr. Seymour Papert describes learning environments in which children collaborate around meaningful projects and powerful ideas.

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Anatomy of a Project: Give Me Shelter
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Anatomy of a Project: "Give Me Shelter"

Juniors at Casco Bay High School, in Portland, Maine, explore homelessness by working in teams to make audio slide-show portraits.

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Ripped from the Headlines: How to Turn Current Events into Real-World Projects

Suzie Boss shares ways teachers can use current events and news in the classroom, and helpful links to get you started.

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When Students Do The Teaching

Guest blogger Kiera Chase shares the power of students creating lessons and teaching their peers.

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Practical PBL Series: Design an Instructional Unit in Seven Phases

In this first of a three-part series, teacher and blogger Amber Graeber presents the Seven Phases of a Project Cycle, a practical breakdown of how you might guide your students through a PBL unit.

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Film School: Making Movies From Storyboard to Screen

The silver screen inspires young minds to think big.

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March of the Monarchs: Students Follow the Butterflies' Migration

Students in Maryland participate in a countrywide science experiment.

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