Without a doubt you have heard of Project Based Learning, or PBL, when hearing about your son’s or daughter’s education. Project Based Learning is a curriculum style that differs far beyond the traditional classroom setting. Lectures, powerpoints, and boring videos cause students to easily become disengaged with the learning material. Rather than making students sit in boredom, PBL instead challenges and excites students in new ways.
Through project based learning student learning becomes hands on and interactive. Instead of learning everything in theory, students get to build, create, and innovate; essentially it is learning by doing. Students will work on projects that are either long term or short term in various different subjects. By using theoretical knowledge in a real, kinesthetic way, the students get a deeper understanding of the material as a whole.
Not only does this allow for students to understand what they are learning in class but it also teaches them real-world skills. Through Project Based Learning students learn:
- Information Literacy – locating, organizing, and presenting information; evaluating, analyzing, interpreting data
- Problem-solving and project management – thinking analytically
- Communication – communicating ideas verbally, visually, and symbolically
- Collaboration – working with others to achieve a goal
- Systems thinking – troubleshooting, improving, and designing a system
- Cultural Literacy – appreciation of diversity