Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching approach in which students learn via active participation in actual and personally relevant assignments. Students learn knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to an authentic, engaging, and complicated question, problem, or challenge over an extended period of time.
How does PBL work?
Students work on a project that engages them in fixing a real-world problem or resolving a challenging question over a long period of time – from a week to a semester. They demonstrate their knowledge and abilities by producing a public product or giving a presentation in front of a live audience.
As a result, students grow a deep understanding of the area under discussion matter as well as critical thinking, teamwork, creativeness, and communication ability. Project-based learning instills an infectious sense of creativity in both students and teachers.
Project-based learning allows students to build deep material knowledge as well as abilities such as rational reflection, cooperation, creativity, and communication by working in this manner. PBL has indeed been proven to instil a contagious sense of creativity in students and teachers, resulting in higher student participation and enhanced learning results for all.
Project-based learning is being used more frequently in schools and education settings, in a variety of ways and to differing degrees.
Here are the several advantages of incorporating project-based learning into the classroom.
PBL assists students in developing skills for a knowledge-based society
Students must have both fundamental (reading, writing, and math) and 21st century skills to solve highly complicated situations (joint effort, problem solving, research, time management, information synthesizing and utilising high tech tools). Students become directors and managers of their learning process with this mix of abilities, directed and supervised by a professional teacher.
You can reconsider how time is structured and used.
Teachers may concentrate on shorter, more condensed periods of time, such as two to three weeks of standards, and see what naturally connects to create a more authentic collection of learning experiences.
Collaboration could not only ease your course preparation and grading loads, but it could also empower students by demonstrating how real learning can be.
For students, learning can be more transparent and responsive
Integrating concepts allows students to spend more time exploring, manipulating, and questioning issues. Instead of boring, annoying, or overpowering kids, this enhances rigour in ways that strengthen them. Seeing connections outside of the class- room a natural “so what” to why each idea is important to understand. Also, if students are absent for several days, they can return to something like a series of linked lessons and concepts rather than feeling obligated to make up 15 days of separate lessons.
PBL is a good fit for authentic assessment
We can methodically document a child’s progress and development through authentic assessment and evaluation. It provides the teacher with many assessment options. It gives a child the opportunity to show off his or her abilities while working alone.
Interruptions are not much of a problem
Most project-based teachers find interruptions to be less of an issue for two reasons: they are less likely to be the centre of instruction all of the time, and they have well-established frameworks in place to keep students engaged.