Project Based Learning 

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 a complex question, problem, or challenge.

Essential elements of Project Based Learning include: 

  • Significant content – At its core, the project is focused on teaching students important knowledge and skills, derived from standards and key concepts at the heart of academic study. 
  • 21st century competencies – Students build competencies valuable for today’s world, such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity/innovation, which are explicitly taught and assessed. 
  • In-Depth Inquiry – students are engaged in an extended, rigorous process of asking questions, using resources, and developing answers. 
  • Driving question – Project work is focused by an open-ended question that students understand and find intriguing, which captures their task or frames their exploration. 
  • Need to know – students see the need to gain knowledge, understand concepts, and apply skills in order to answer the Driving Question and create project products. 
  • Voice and choice – Students are allowed to make some choices about the products to be created, how they work, and how they use their time, guided by the teacher. 
  • Critique and revision – The project includes processes for students to give and receive feedback on the quality of their work including a public presentation.