Project Based Learning

By: Katie Merklein


This chapter explores the main elements of Project Based Learning within the classroom environment. The terms in the image above are many of the main components that make up a successful Project Based Learning experience. This chapter explains many different elements of a PBL unit including design, tools for use, and examples of classroom integrating this technique.
It begins with an explanation of the main components of PBL. This type of learning revoloves around the exploration of students through inquiry and questioning. The students work through projects and are encouraged to investigate authentic problems. They practice important 21st century learning skills such as collaboration, communication with others, and using critical thinking skills. Next the chapter explores what PBL can look like and how it can be designed. There are key features to all PBL units and they are crucial to the creation of successful lessons. Lastly, the chapter will show helpful tools for use and examples of PBL being used within classrooms.

What is PBL?
What does it look like?
How can it be designed?
What are the benefits?
Tools for use
PBL References