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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 transferable knowledge.

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  • 3 Ways the National Park Service Can Support PBL

    Teachers can access a variety of resources from the National Park Service to set up engaging project-based learning units.
    James Fester
  • Across Grade Levels, Should Learning Be a Lot More Playful?

    Denmark has fully embraced playful learning in its K–12 schools. We visited two schools to see the pedagogical approach in action.
  • A Protocol to Make Project-Based Learning Easier in World Language Classes

    With the proper scaffolding, students can provide feedback on their classmates’ projects in the target language.
  • Making Project-Based Learning More Accessible for Multilingual Students

    With appropriate scaffolding, multilingual students can successfully engage in all phases of PBL.
  • A Pen Pal Project for Elementary School

    Young children can develop their literacy skills as they experience the excitement of receiving their own mail.
  • Developing an Experiential Learning Program

    A Vermont school program connected to local trades shows how experiential learning can boost engagement for middle and high school students.
  • A PBL Unit on Life as a Young Teen

    Project-based learning that’s student-designed and relevant to their lives can have a profound impact.
  • Setting Up PBL for National History Day

    Middle and high school teachers can boost engagement in social studies with project-based learning units for National History Day.
  • How IB Strategies Can Enhance Project-Based Learning

    With shared emphases on inquiry, student voice, and choice, PBL and International Baccalaureate methods can combine to facilitate meaningful learning.
  • 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.
  • A Handy Framework for Designing Units of Study

    People, places, and problems offer rich opportunities for real-world learning. This unit design framework ensures engaging, aligned learning objectives, experiences, and assessments.
  • 4 Strategies for Building Content Knowledge

    Elementary students need rich content knowledge to become better readers and to be able to engage in 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.
  • Project-Based Learning: Raising Student Achievement for All Learners

    Researchers in Michigan showed that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading—see how they did it in this video.
  • Nurturing Changemakers With an ELA Project

    One way to help students master skills is to let them cultivate their own English language arts content to explore. Here’s how.

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