Project-Based Learning and Educational Reform

Common Core GraphicAs educators reflect this summer on all of the reform initiatives put on their “plate” last year (the Common Core, APPR, SLOs and LATs, common formative assessments, new state assessments) those of us implementing Project-Based Learning should be sharing how PBL can BE the “plate” or the framework for implementing these initiatives more effectively.  Project-Based Learning has emerged as a student-centered, technology-based, inquiry-led, and 21st century skill-based methodology to prepare students for college, career and citizenship readiness.  Here is some information you can share with your colleagues:

Educators and educational leaders are using PBL to:

  • Prepare students for 21st century challenges
  • Engage students in deep learning and mastery of significant academic content based on the Common Core in ELA and Math, Next Generation Science Standards, and Social Studies Framework

Well-designed project experiences provide learning experiences for students so they learn how to:

  • Contribute to team efforts-collaborate
  • Think critically
  • Solve problems creatively
  • Communicate effectively

Research-based benefits of PBL:

  • Builds student engagement and motivation
  • Emphasizes real-world skills: problem-solving, communication, self-management
  • Acknowledges and meets the needs and interests of diverse learners
  • Involves students in cooperative teamwork
  • Deepens understanding of content and increases student achievement as the classroom moves from a space of “memorized learning to memorable learning” (Marzano, 2003)
  • Integrates disciplines by focusing on themes, issues and deeper investigations of topics
  • Engages home and community in school learning

PBL meets the needs of educational reform by:

  • Placing students at the center of learning as they as they
    • Dig deeper into community issues and problems
    • Work collaboratively to understand the problems
    • Create real-world solutions to the problems
  • Aligning the curriculum with how the world really works
  • Integrating technology into the classroom experience so students and teachers have the opportunity to learn anytime and anywhere (ubiquity)
  • Emphasizing the importance of rigor, relevance, relationships and reflection

Keim_Joanne_SMALLJoanne Keim
OCM BOCES Network Team Coordinator
PBL 101 Trainer

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