Participants Plan Teaching and Learning Strategies that Engage Students in Authentic Experiences
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a transformative teaching method for engaging students in meaningful learning and developing the 21st century competencies of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, creativity, and communication. PBL promotes students’ knowledge and skills by encouraging them to work for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.
The experience of thousands of teachers across all grade levels and subject areas, backed by research, confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and to develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career, and civic life. In PBL, students are active, not passive; a project engages their hearts and minds and provides real-world relevance for learning. After completing a project, students remember what they learn and retain it longer than is often the case with traditional instruction. Because of this, students who gain content knowledge with PBL are better able to apply what they know and can do to new situations.
In this session, participants engage in hands-on activities to learn the PBL process and to develop plans to create standards-aligned, project-based learning modules within the core curriculum and to embed components of PBL into their daily instructional practices. OnHand Schools consultants will also review the scholarship about the contribution of PBL to fostering clear linkages between PK-12 schooling and the demands and conditions of the 21st century workplace. They will also review research-based evidence drawn from work by the Buck Institute for Education (http://bie.org/) linking PBL to building responsibility and confidence, growth in problem solving, and inculcation of collaboration, communication, and creativity. Finally, OHS consultants will work with participants to develop their own rubrics for evaluating PBL in line with the PA Core Standards in all subject areas, in a variety of settings, and across all grades.