Defining Project Based Learning
What is Project Based Learning, and How Is It Helpful?
With all the new methods of teaching and different ways of learning that appear nowadays, it’s hard to differentiate which one’s which or even choose one for your child! Project Based Learning has teachers and administrators raving, and maybe you want to join in on all the excitement, too, but perhaps you’re not quite sure what it is just yet. All you need to know about project based learning is right here. Read on to discover what everyone is so thrilled about!
What Is Project Based Learning?
Project Based Learning, or PBL, is a teaching method in which students gain important, lifelong knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to either a question, problem, or challenge. At Carbon Valley Academy, our students use their knowledge to form unique responses to problems through our project based learning curriculum. By demonstrating what they have learned through a presentation or project, they are able to solve real-world, complex problems or answer difficult questions that might have otherwise remained unresolved. It requires strong critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, and effective communication.
Students’ Learning Becomes Responsive and Honest
What if students could see their education making a difference in their lives? Through PBL, students will feel empowered and excited about learning, discovering, and questioning the issues and situations around them. Bringing in new concepts enables them to explore and question topics rather than makes them feel bored or overwhelmed. This results in the ability to see connections between daily problems and their subsequent solutions as they take control of their education. Through PBL, students uncover a visible and significant change and improvement in their education and find themselves eager about learning.
Strong Bonds Are Built
Collaboration is a major factor of PBL, which is why teachers and parents alike love it so much. As a result, relationships are formed between students and teachers. Not only do students work better and more efficiently within groups by providing input, sharing concepts, and listening to one another, but they also build positive relationships with their teachers and peers. This is incredibly beneficial towards creating a community within the classroom, making relationships with others, and gaining insight for future careers.
Individual Strengths Bloom
Another benefit of PBL is students will naturally place themselves in the roles that are best suited for them and their strengths. Not only does this help them flourish as they grow up, but it allows them to learn in ways that best benefit them, and lets teachers observe and discover more about each student.
Allows Teachers to Assess Progress
PBL isn’t just beneficial for students. Teachers who use this method of learning are now finding that it is easier to pinpoint each student’s strengths and areas for improvement through their observation. By seeing how students work together instead of simply handing in assignments and grading them, teachers receive better feedback this way and can adequately measure their students’ performance over time.
Traditional Education Transformed
With PBL, students still learn the same important concepts they need for the future but in a comprehensive way, giving way for more self-discovery, collaboration, transparency, and effective problem-solving. There is less tedious memorization and more critical thinking, and teachers facilitate versus deliver information so students can discover unique ways of finding solutions. It is an effective method that sparks excitement, improves individual strengths, and builds independence in students who are prepared and eager to solve the world’s problems.
To learn more about project based learning at CVA, contact us or speak to our wonderful teachers.