Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Project-Based Learning’s time has come.

The experience of thousands of teachers across all grade levels and subject areas, backed by research, confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn – and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career, and civic life.

Why are so many educators across the United States and around the world interested in this teaching method?

PBL makes school more engaging for students

Today’s students, more than ever, often find school to be boring and meaningless. In PBL students are active, not passive; a project engages their hearts and minds, and provides real-world relevance for learning.

PBL improves learning

After completing a project, students understand content more deeply, remember what they learn and retain it longer than is often the case with traditional instruction. Because of this, students who gain content knowledge with PBL are better able to apply to new situations what they know and can do.

PBL builds success skills for college, career, and life

In the 21st-century workplace and in college, success requires more than basic knowledge and skills. In a project, students learn how to take initiative and responsibility, build their confidence, solve problems, work in teams, communicate ideas, and manage themselves more effectively.

PBL helps address standards

The Common Core and other current standards emphasize real-world application of knowledge and skills and the development of success skills, such as critical thinking/problem-solving, collaboration, communication in a variety of media, and speaking and presentation skills. PBL is an effective way to meet these goals.

PBL provides opportunities for students to use technology

Students are familiar with and enjoy using a variety of tech tools that are a perfect fit with PBL. With technology, teachers and students not only find resources and information and create products but also collaborate more effectively and connect with experts, partners, and audiences around the world.

PBL makes teaching more enjoyable and rewarding

Projects allow teachers to work closely with active, engaged students doing high-quality, meaningful work and, in many cases, to rediscover the joy of learning alongside their students.

PBL connects students and schools with communities and the real world

Projects provide students with empowering opportunities to make a difference, by solving real problems and addressing real issues. Students learn how to interact with adults and organizations, are exposed to workplaces, and develop career interests. Parents and community members can be involved in projects.

Click here for a video from The Buck Institute explaining Project-Based Learning.

Click here for a video made by a High Tech High facilitator explaining what Project-Based Learning isn’t.

To learn more about Project-Based Learning, see Project-Based Learning (PBL) from the Buck Institute for Education (BIE).