Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects. At our schools, PBL usually either has connection to our local community (place-based education) and/or has a social/environmental justice lens.
When designing project-based learning units, teachers start by articulating the competencies they want students to understand and be able to show mastery in. Then, they design the different ways students can demonstrate that mastery through hands-on, project-based learning that is authentic, meaningful, personalized, and engaging.
Project-based learning starts with driving questions. These big questions inspire student curiosity and allow students to connect prior experiences and learning to the project. Assessments happen continually throughout the process, so students receive regular helpful feedback. The process of learning includes risk-taking, revision, creativity, and design thinking.
Our teachers design and implement powerful project-based learning units that include a student demonstration of learning. By showcasing their projects, students connect with a meaningful audience, discuss their learning process, and celebrate their success publicly. Project-based learning inspires students to go deeper with their learning, so the learning sticks and lasts and grows into transformative learning experiences.