It is very important for us as teachers to created situations of learning. In their article “To produce or not produce? Understanding boredom and the honor in underachievement” Kanevsky and Keighley (2003/2008) wrote that boredom and learning are mutually exclusive … students are never bored when they are learning and they are never learning when they are bored. They went on to specify five factors required for learning:
- Students must have control in their learning process. They must be able to make decisions and act on them.
- Students must have choice in what, how and when they learn.
- Each student should be challenged at an appropriate level of rigor
- Learning experiences should have an appropriate level of complexity, presenting students with new, open-ended, authentic tasks
- Students want teachers who care about what happens in the classroom
Project based learning (PBL) provides students with an opportunity to experience each of these 5Cs of learning. Its premise is quite simple … students are fully immersed in an active learning environment where they explore and solve complex, open-ended problems.
The following infographic summarizes the essentials of project based learning … why it is a useful methodology, its characteristics, different approaches, and the steps required to bring it to your classroom.
I’d love to hear how you are using PBL in your classroom!