Students work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience.
As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of doing an authentic, meaningful project. Project Based Learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers.
And for those who are seeking a more formal definition: Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.
To help teachers do PBL well, we created a comprehensive, research-based model for PBL — a "gold standard" to help teachers, schools, and organizations to measure, calibrate, and improve their practice. In Gold Standard PBL, projects are focused on student learning goals and include Essential Project Design Elements:
PBL is becoming widely used in schools and other educational settings, with different varieties being practiced, and there is growing confusion about what high quality Project Based Learning looks like.
The newly launched High Quality Project Based Learning (HQPBL) Framework describes what students should be doing, learning, and experiencing and is intended to provide educators everywhere with a shared basis for designing and implementing good projects.Get the HQPBL Framework
Here are examples of Gold Standard PBL projects in the classroom
High School Chemistry - Water Quality Project - Rayhan Ahmed - Leaders High School, Brooklyn, NY
Middle School ELA/Social Studies - Civil Rights History - Kimberly Head-Trotter, McKissack Middle School – Nashville, Tennessee
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