PBL & How it boils down

There are so many great ways to teach students new information. Why not let them use a hands on approach all the time? One of the first big ideas of Project-Based Learning, Here on out I will refer to it as PBL, is real world connection. Isn’t that exactly what all educators are trying to do for our students? Get them ready for the big bad world and make sure they have all of the necessary resources to succeed.

Basically, PBL boils down to five essential key components that are mentioned on Edutopia’s website, and also mentioned in the above embedded video. Like I mentioned above, real world connections is the first essential key to PBL. This is using real world problems, managing finances, and doing a project such as opening a school store and having the students learn this way instead of lecturing about it. This way students aren’t asking the question “when will I use this in real life?” With this component real world situations are driving their learning. Teachthought, has great blogs that gives you great ideas that you could implement in your own classroom. It also explains how you could implement these ideas using PBL.

PBL as a whole let’s the students drive their learning while they are working on hands on projects. They are able to incorporate their own ideas, designs, and creativity in whatever project it is that they are working on. Instead of teachers being at the front of the class as with a traditional lecture, the teacher is there to facilitate the students learning, with out giving them the answers. Instead, they must ask questions to help students arrive at the right answers.

This video above demonstrates project based learning in a classroom! Just as I explained earlier, instead of standing up and lecturing students on a certain subject, they go out and find the answers and learn in a hands on style. There were many more than 3 PBL style twitter profiles I followed, but I will give you the first three I followed: @suzieboss is an author, who also is an advocate for PBL. @TeamMurch4 is a teacher who has 4th graders that use PBL, it’s important to remember that PBL is not limited by grade level! Last but certainly not least is @MuziLearningLab she is also a teacher and uses questioning in addition to PBL to make it that much better!



8 thoughts on “PBL & How it boils down

  1. vmfank says:

    I love this! The Chula Vista Charter School has the right idea. Let students form thoughts, let them conduct investigations into their questions, and then let them find the results. These experiences are what the students will remember when the head out into the real world. Not only are they going to remember these experiences, but they are going to be better critical thinkers and problem solvers. I am really wanting to incorporate this kind of learning into my classroom.


    • hillarybollish says:

      Yes I agree! I think that the students being able to formulate the problems to solve their questions instead of us conducting the whole shebang helps students become better critical thinkers and problem solvers in the real world. I think this along with inquiry based learning would be great to incorporate!

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  2. blogwithkel says:

    Hands On is the way to go. Especially at a young age kids need to see what they are doing as it pertains to the subject and lesson. If they cannot see progress they will become uninterested in learning. When they have projects that are fun and help them learn they will become more involved and excited to learn. I love the idea of PBL, even though I chose personalized learning I think that PBL really gets the students engaged and excited. Great Post!


    • hillarybollish says:

      Thanks Kelly! I agree with you, I think that at a young age it’s harder for kids to not really see the progress they are making towards a “goal”. I think that PBL helps in the fact that students have a certain project or goal that they are working towards and you can see the progress towards it as you talked about.


  3. ryanlmosier says:

    Real world issues and a real world approach to fix things. I am becoming a huge fan or project based learning because of the blog posts I have read. Hands on is amazing because you get so much more out of that learning rather than memorization.


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