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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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    Developing Students’ Ethical Thinking in STEM Classes

    Teachers can use social and emotional learning frameworks to scaffold student discussions of ethical issues around advances in technology.
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    5 Ways to Begin the Shift Toward Project-Based Learning

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    Dispelling Myths About PBL and Direct Instruction

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    High school teachers can focus on what they learned from pandemic instruction to support students’ learning in the classroom this year.
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    Getting Parents Excited About Project-Based Learning

    Teachers can use these handy talking points to move parents from being skeptical about PBL to “why didn’t I get to do this in school?”
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    High school students can apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math classes to a local issue they’re interested in.
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    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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  • 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.
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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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  • How Project-Based Learning Can Teach Empathy

    When PBL is personal to students, it can provide more than just content knowledge—it can also foster important connections.
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    Taking an Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Science

    Teachers in any content area can use project-based learning to explore environmental concerns with their students.
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    Using Driving Questions to Propel Literacy Skills

    When projects begin with a compelling question that students investigate over time, curiosity can spark the drive to read.
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    This challenging time provides an opportunity for students to work on real-world problems they see every day.
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