By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
How do you engage today’s Digital Age students in relevant, authentic learning tasks?
Project Based Learning (PBL) teaches both doing, as well as learning, and gives students real-world opportunities to think analytically, formulate ideas, and solve complex problems.
Project-based learning (PBL) has a long history in American education, dating to John Dewey and other early advocates.
Today, the project approach is center-stage as a strategy to engage diverse learners in rigorous learning. Students are assessed based on what they produce or demonstrate rather than what they can recall for a test. This application of learning is a higher need as districts transition to the Common Core State Standards.
With PBL, not only do students acquire the knowledge outlined in the content standards, they also become proficient in essential skills for success in today’s world — such as critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration. Teaching strategies that involve project-based learning offer students the potential of gaining deep insights into core concepts. For example, mathematics projects prompt students to develop and answer their own questions. This strategy assists students in developing higher order math skills that allow them to make the all-important connections between one math concept and other math concepts.
If you’re not familiar with our Project Based Learning Curriki Algebra 1 course, please consider using it as a classroom supplement, as the foundation for students’ Algebra 1 curriculum, in an after-school program, or in a homeschool environment. (This course was sponsored by AT&T and developed by Curriki.)
Please share your experience with PBL, we’d love to hear from you!