What is project-based learning?

project-based learning

Project-based learning is more than just adding projects to the curriculum. It’s more than boxing your existing curriculum into steps. Rather, it involves making real-world, authentic, and relevant projects inspired by students’ interests and passions the central focus of learning. It assumes that students learn best when they are actively engaged rather than passively absorbing…

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Does Project-Based Learning Help Underperforming Students?

Underperforming Students

While traditional learning works for some students, project-based learning (PLB) is especially beneficial for underperforming, disengaged, and diverse student populations. By connecting students to their learning with hands-on activities and encouraging them to work on topics they choose for themselves, PBL engages students with different needs and helps them relate to the material. The incorporation…

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Maslow Before Bloom

Maslow Bloom

What is “Maslow Before Bloom?” Maslow before Bloom is a phrase used by educators to express that students’ learning is predicated on their basic needs being met. It involves checking in with students throughout the day to be sure that students are managing their emotions and feeling safe. Maslow and Bloom refer to two American…

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How to incorporate project-based learning

Think of project-based learning as a process that will unfold and develop over time. Project-Based Learning is founded on seven core components many of which are likely already occurring in your practice. Be intentional when incorporating PBL, and see the process as a journey rather than a shift that happens in one day. There are…

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Engage with students through Project-Based Learning

engage with students

When you look back to your school years, what do you remember most? What stands out most vividly for me are the creative projects my teachers assigned and the real-life experiences they shared. In the seventh grade, we designed and furnished an entire house on a given budget. This involved creating and drawing a floor…

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Why is project-based learning important?

why pbl important

Research shows that project-based learning (PBL) is beneficial for all students. By actively engaging students in their learning and putting them in charge, PBL encourages students to address challenging problems or questions through a reflective process developing and devising solutions for an authentic audience. This requires a focus on skill development promoting agency and self-directed…

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The History of PBL

History of Project based Learning

Project-based learning might seem like a relatively new technique that has become popular only in the last few decades. However, the concept of learning by doing can be traced back centuries. The Socratic method of asking probing questions in order to facilitate learning is well known. John Dewey and Maria Montessori, both prominent thinkers and…

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Competency-Based Education: Definition and Examples

In this blog, we will define Competency-Based Education (CBE) and discuss how the essential components of CBE work together to transform learning in K12 schools and districts. We will also examine some of the specific benefits CBE brings to learners, teachers, and communities. Finally, we will present two CBE classroom scenarios with examples. The first…

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10 Step Primer for Competency-based Learning Design

10 Step Primer for Competency-based Learning Design

By Josie Jordan As an educator on the design team of the Pathways program at Mt. Abraham Union High School, I got pretty good at designing and scaffolding personalized, competency-based projects for individual students. Back in the regular classroom, it was a challenge to transfer those same, powerful practices to larger groups of learners without…

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