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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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  • Using Project-Based Learning in Professional Development for Preschool Teachers

    Professional growth experiences should be designed to amplify collaboration and active exploration.
    Sarika S. Gupta
  • Using Effective Driving Questions in Science to Help Make Sense of the World

    Students can explore scientific principles using driving questions like ‘Why do I see so many squirrels but I can’t find any stegosauruses?’
  • 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.
  • 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?”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 3 Ways to Encourage Experiential Learning at Your School

    School leaders can guide teachers to implement exciting learning opportunities for students across the curriculum.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How A Teacher Turned His Classroom into a High Functioning Non-Profit

    This powerful PBL unit turned a ninth-grade classroom into a non-profit—complete with an accounting division, a full-fledged marketing team, and a well-attended fundraising event.
  • 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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