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Project-Based Learning (PBL)

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

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  • Capitalizing on the Pedagogy of Place

    Place-based learning provides fertile ground for projects that enhance students’ understanding of history.
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  • How to Develop a Grade-Wide PBL Unit

    Teachers can collaborate to create a student-centered project that focuses on multiple content areas.
    336
  • A Recipe for Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning

    Successfully integrating project-based learning across multiple classes requires careful coordination of learning outcomes and the teaching workload.
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  • Combining Academic Rigor and Student Self-Discovery in Project-Based Learning

    A high school PBL unit guides students to use both literary analysis and creativity in answering the question, “Who am I?”
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  • 3 Reasons Why PBL Is an Effective Option For Teachers

    Project-based learning encourages student engagement and self-directed learning, and helps teachers make the best use of their time.
    401
  • To Make the Parts of Speech Engaging, Have Students Do the Teaching

    Middle school language arts teachers can create an impactful grammar unit that emphasizes collaboration, research, and presentation skills.
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  • Formative Assessment in Project-Based Learning

    A teacher with long experience in PBL discusses the kinds of data teachers should collect to document student learning, as well as how and when to collect it.
    401
  • 5 Questions for Troubleshooting Project-Based Learning

    When PBL isn’t going as planned, sometimes it takes just a few tweaks to turn things around.
    309
  • Bringing Identity Work to Project-Based Learning

    As they emerged from the difficulties of the past few years, these students combined humanities, STEM, and the arts in a project that celebrated their identities as individuals and as a community.
    337
  • Bringing Project-Based Learning to Preschool

    Young children’s natural curiosity lends itself well to PBL—and with the right supports, these projects can be extremely effective.
    336
  • Using PBL to Teach About Homelessness

    A project-based learning unit on homelessness can provide middle and high school students with valuable information and foster empathy for the unhoused.
    239
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Using PBL to Build a Strong Learning Community

    A grade-level project-based learning unit provides academic and social benefits as students work both in small groups and as a whole class.
    169

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