How can I utilize PBL in my classroom to transform my teaching, increase student engagement, and promote critical thinking?
Project-based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. This method of teaching puts the learning in the student's hands. Some of the essential elements of PBL are challenging problems/questions, sustained inquiry, authenticity, student voice and choice, critique and revision, reflection, and public products. (If you would like to get a better idea of PBL take a look at the BIE website!)
What will we be expected to do?
Learn about, design, implement, and reflect upon a PBL project next school year. You will also be asked to give feedback to peers and collaborate around these projects.
ESSD Lead Learners
Kickstarting Project-Based Learning
ESSD's PBL #onething group spent time diving right into the heart of PBL. Every member of our group created a plan of action for a project based learning unit they plan to implement this first semester! Ideas ranged from solving icy road conditions here in Excelsior to publishing student writing. Teachers spent time critiquing and giving constructive feedback to their peers using methods such as critical friends. We supported one another giving tons of encouragement to implement these exciting yet nerve racking ideas! We can't wait to meet up again soon to check on the progress of our projects, reflect for the future, and of course continue our journey implementing PBL in our classrooms.