What is PBL (Project/Problem Based Learning)?
PBL looks a lot like the thematic units that teachers used when I was in elementary school. When I experienced thematic units, everything I did in reading, math, science, social studies, etc. revolved around one central theme like apples in September or bats in October. Using thematic units can be a way to make learning connected and cute, but PBL takes the idea of student engagement to a whole new level.
PBL provides opportunities for teachers to mold students into competitive and competent global citizens. These PBL students develop skills such as:
- Problem solving
- Working well with others
- Working independently
- Critical thinking
- Effective communication
Key points for PBL:
- Increased student control over his or her learning
- Meaningful activities with real-world application and products
- Rigorous learning at high levels of blooms taxonomy
- Interdisciplinary learning
- Teachers serving as coaches and facilitators of inquiry and reflection
- Students working in pairs or groups
- Directly teaches 21 st Century Skills like Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication
What does PBL look like in DeSoto?
Project Based Learning is happening all over DeSoto. PBL was first brought to DeSoto in 2013 with the iSTEAM 3D Academies in the middle schools. As the Magnet Academies spread through all the campuses, PBL is also spreading because of its’ effective approach to develop 21 st Century Skills.