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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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Critical Thinking Pathways

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3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

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Project Management Methodology for the Primary School

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Project-Based Learning Research Review: Evidence-Based Components of Success

There are some critical elements to consider when applying project-based learning in the classroom -- here are some recommendations for research-proven steps.

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Project-Based Learning Research Review: Best Practices Across Disciplines

What does project-based learning look like in math, science, or economics? On this page you'll find concrete examples of successful projects in specific subjects.

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Project-Based Learning Research Review: Avoiding Pitfalls

The challenges many teachers face in implementing project-based learning well are not to be taken lightly, but we've compiled a list of strategies to avert the most common issues educators face.

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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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Integration Strategies for PBL

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller offers some basic guidelines for integrating content areas with a PBL project.

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PBL Teachers Need Time to Reflect, Too

Blogger Suzie Boss proposes PBL teachers take time to reflect in this first blog in a series on taking your project-based learning classroom to the next level.

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Election Night at NPR: Real-World Projects for the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, fresh from his Election Night experience at NPR, brings some high-energy ideas back to the classroom.

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Downloads and Resources from Forest Lake Elementary

Free tools, reading lists, web links and other resources to help bring differentiated instruction to your school.

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Brain-Based Research Prompts Innovative Teaching Techniques in the Classroom

Educators explore nontraditional methods of teaching and receive positive results.

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Hip-Hop Helps Teach Everything from English to Algebra

The musical language of the street has new fans: teachers, who are using it as a classroom tool.

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What Makes a Good School: Students Speak Up at Leadership Forum

Teens design their own ideal school environment.

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Turn Genius Hour Into Genius Year

Why limit Genius Hour to a small block of time? Through conversations and dares, students can turn this creative, self-directed approach into a life practice.

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My PBL Pet Peeves: 4 Common Misconceptions

Andrew Miller firmly addresses some common misunderstandings about PBL, including the ideas that projects are lessons and the public audience can be random.

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NASA Resources Enrich STEM Curricula at Forest Lake Elementary
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NASA Resources Enrich STEM Curricula at Forest Lake Elementary

Being a NASA Explorer School allows Forest Lake Elementary to deepen the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula with technology tools and resources.

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