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 authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.
Students work on a project over an extended period of time that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation for a real audience.
As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills. Project Based Learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers.
Project Based Learning engages students in learning that is deep and long-lasting, and inspires for them a love of learning and personal connection to their academic experience.
Want to watch Project Based Learning in action?
Click the link below to watch an example of a PBL project in action. The “Tiny House Project” features teacher Cheryl Bautista of Katherine Smith Elementary School, San Jose, CA and her third graders.
Students interact with adults, businesses and organizations, and their community, and can develop career interests.
Teachers work closely with active, engaged students doing meaningful work, and share in the rediscovered joy of learning.
Students actively engage with PBL projects that provide real-world relevance for learning. Students can solve problems that are important to them and their communities.
PBL leads to deeper understanding and greater retention of content knowledge. Students are better able to apply what they know to new situations.
A great project can be transformative for students. Seeing a real-world impact gives them a sense of agency and purpose.
Students gain skills valuable in today’s workplace and in life, such as how to take initiative, work responsibly, solve problems, collaborate in teams, and communicate ideas.
Students enjoy using a spectrum of technology tools from research and collaboration through product creation and presentation.
PBL blends content mastery, meaningful work, and personal connection to create powerful learning experiences, in terms of both academic achievement and students’ personal growth.
PBL can be transformative for students, especially those furthest from educational opportunity. Now more than ever, we need young people who are ready, willing, and able to tackle the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit - and nothing prepares them better than Project Based Learning.
Researchers in Michigan show effectiveness of Project Based Learning in high-poverty communities.
Rigorous study demonstrates PBL's power to develop students' reasoning and decision-making about unfamiliar issues.
PBL helps students gain competence in critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.