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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.

  • Middle school boy works on school project at home

    Supporting Multilingual Learners in Hybrid Classrooms

    Hands-on learning strategies help English language learners participate in discussions—whether in-person or online.
    Emily Adah Miller, Susan Codere Kelly, Joe Krajcik
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    3 Strategies to Help Students Move From Start to Finish in PBL

    Between the launch of a project-based learning unit and the final presentation, targeted instruction and feedback are crucial for student success.
  • A Project-Based Approach to Teaching Elementary Science

    A Project-Based Approach to Teaching Elementary Science

    New research reveals that when science, reading, and math come together in rigorous hands-on projects, student collaboration, engagement, and achievement can soar.
  • Students assemble a model wind turbine they constructed.

    New Research Makes a Powerful Case for PBL

    Two new gold-standard studies provide compelling evidence that project-based learning is an effective strategy for all students—including historically marginalized ones.
  • Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    A new study shows that when implemented well, AP courses built around project-based learning can raise test scores for all students, including those in traditionally underserved demographics.
  • Teenager working on schoolwork at her laptop during distance learning

    3 Keys to Making Project-Based Learning Work During Distance Learning

    This challenging time provides an opportunity for students to work on real-world problems they see every day.
  • Middle school students discuss project in small group

    5 Ways to Promote Healthy Discourse During Project-Based Learning

    Encouraging middle and high school students to talk through differences of opinion can make for stronger projects and greater learning gains.
  • Boy tests a model car during remote learning

    4 Strategies to Make Virtual PBL Work

    Researchers and educators share how to successfully transfer project-based learning to virtual second- through fifth-grade science classrooms.
  • Girl studying with her laptop with drawing materials beside her

    Using PBL to Boost Online Engagement

    This period of remote teaching is a good time to start using project-based learning, which encourages authentic work and creativity.
  • Students working together in class

    Why Teachers May Want to Try Throwing Students a Curveball in PBL

    When students face unexpected—but manageable—changes during project-based learning, they learn the valuable skill of adapting.
  • Student illustration depicting justice for Ahmaud Arbery

    Exploring Social Justice Issues Through PBL

    The open-ended work in project-based learning can help students explore issues that matter to them.
  • High school student shows his class a project during a web meeting

    Getting Started With PBL in Social Studies

    Implementing project-based learning can lead students to investigate historical movements.
  • High school students engage in civic debate

    Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

    Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
  • Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

    The Claim, Evidence, Reasoning framework is a scaffolded way to teach the scientific method.
  • Teenage girl painting fabric

    Your Checklist for Virtual Project-Based Learning

    It’s actually a good time for challenging, independent projects. Here are some of the steps you should consider as you prepare your students to get started online.

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