The 'Why' Behind Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning’s time has come. The experience of thousands of students across all grade levels and subject areas, backed by research, confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn - and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life. The current Ohio State standards emphasize real-world application of knowledge and skills, and the development of success skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, communication in a variety of media, and speaking and presentation skills. PBL is an effective way to meet these goals while developing a passion for learning in our students.

PBL makes school more engaging for students. Today’s students, more than ever, often find school to be less engaging. In PBL, students are active, not passive; a project engages their hearts and minds, and provides real-world relevance for learning.

PBL improves learning. After completing a project, students understand content more deeply. Because of this, students who gain content knowledge with PBL are better able to apply learning to life.

PBL connects students and schools with communities and the real world. Projects empower students with opportunities to make a difference by solving real problems and addressing real issues. Students learn how to interact with adults and organizations, are exposed to workplaces and adult jobs, and can develop career interests. Parents and community members can be involved in projects.

PBL builds success skills for college, career, and life. In the 21st century workplace and in college, success requires more than basic knowledge and skills. In a project, students learn how to take initiative and responsibility, build their confidence, solve problems, collaborate and communicate ideas more effectively.

PBL provides opportunities for students to use technology. Students are familiar with and enjoy using a variety of tech tools that are a perfect fit with PBL. With technology, teachers and students can not only find resources and information and create products, but also collaborate more effectively, and connect with experts, partners, and audiences around the world.

PBL makes learning more enjoyable and rewarding. Projects allow teachers to work more closely with active, engaged students doing high-quality, meaningful work. Student choice and real-world application in a creative, collaborative environment fosters quality learning at the highest level.

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