A successful PBL classroom relies on a culture of inquiry and creativity to ensure students engage in deeper learning driven by their curiosities. We develop this culture by: building relationships, fostering learner agency through our physical environment, creating a resource-rich classroom, teaching students to ask good questions, and promoting risk-taking.
Making PBL Work
Well-designed PBL has been shown to result in deeper learning and more engaged, self-directed learners. Research indicates that PBL improves student motivation and achievement, and helps students master skills that are essential for college and career readiness. Learn about the five core elements of successful PBL in this video, then get more resources from Edutopia.
From Theory to Practice
Mastery learning is a method of instruction where students achieve a level of knowledge before moving on to learn subsequent information. Are standardized tests the best method to evaluate student mastery? Not anymore! PBL gives teachers the opportunity to employ a variety of instructional strategies and modifications so that all students can reach learning goals. Instead of idly listening to teacher lectures, students work to uncover understandings. PBL anchors theoretical concepts in practical situations making content come to life. Students gain more than a mastery of content knowledge. They will develop 21st century skills and a love for learning that inspires them to pursue their passions