A Prescription for Project Based Learning
“No Worksheets, No Cutting Corners, Just Real Work, I’ll help!”
To be an expert at PBL, you have to go through the process, start to finish yourself.
The process needs to include doing or making something. I am not trying to be prescriptive. The least a PBL teacher should do is do the project themselves. Please believe me! I implore you, if we don’t “DO” we will bore students to death or at least apathy.
Anyone can talk about PBL. Utilizing PBL in the classroom is the difference. Not that it is hard rather PBL is a different way to teach and learn in schools. The fact is PBL is how the world works. Only in schools are we expected to sit and listen, read, study and take a test to show we know the content.
Everywhere else, we are presented a problem, decide on a course of action, analyze the work, find improvement and explain our findings. That is the real world, and that is PBL. You can do it too; you have before just not at school.