Approach to Learning– Problem Based Learning (PBL)

The approach to learning I decided to research and learn more about is called problem based learning (PBL). In this learning approach, student use real- world scenarios, challenges, and problems, students gain useful knowledge and skills that increase during their designated project periods (Educators of America. Paragraph 1). I would say that PBL is important to use in the classroom, because it gives the students a say in everything, contribute to others work, and have input on others work along with their own. In the article I found, they have a video embedded to clarify PBL.

Classrooms that use this approach can been seen using “grouping”, partner work.  In the classroom, you will hear students asking questions, whether the questions be directed at the instructor or to other kids in the class/ group. In PBL, most of the students and teachers time is spent researching, asking questions, and giving feedback.

For some reason this approach is not usually taught in a classroom. When it is, students are usually using the skills of critical thinking, collaboration, and communication (Video in article). All of which, are not often taught in in a traditional classroom (Video). Students do many projects/ activities to get class’s attention on the subject. The video gives some examples of what students could do: make a video, posters, etc. and then share it with parents, school members, and people within the community.

Advantages of using PBL, students start down a path that deepens knowledge and builds up skills they can use in the future (Video). I found another article titled, “Six Benefits to Project Based Learning and Technology Integration”. I would say the six benefits I am about to list are useful because of the amount of technology we incorporate on a regular basis and how it is constantly improving. The six benefits are: 1. Technology Projects are Interdisciplinary 2. Technology Projects Encourage Collaboration 3. Technology Projects Promote Inquiry 4. Technology Projects Support Self Directed Learning 5. Technology Projects are Motivating 6. Technology Projects Target a Range of Learning Styles (Love, Christa).

I would say teachers would use this approach to help the students remember what they have learned, instead of just memorizing it for the test and forgetting the information once the lesson is done. Allowing students to have this control, can develop deeper learning proficiencies necessary for education, careers, and life (Educators of America. Paragraph 3). Also, teachers have the opportunity to engage with students on a higher personal level by discovering their interests and concerns, and then performing important, high- quality work alongside them (Educators of America. Paragraph 5).

The video in the article “What is Project Based Learning?” gives an example of the students working on projects to help elementary students understand how can we not get sick. This example came to the teacher because a large portion of his class was missing because of illness.

The blog post I recommend to get a better insight on PBL by: John Larmer

Experts on PBL to follow on Twitter:


-Love, Christa. (August 2011). Six Benefits to Project Based Learning and Technology Integration.

– Educators of America. (Modified February 2018). What is Project Based Learning?.

10 thoughts on “Approach to Learning– Problem Based Learning (PBL)”

  1. I really enjoyed reading your blog post. I really think Problem Based Learning (PBL) is a great thing to have in the classroom. What do you like the most about the Problem Based Learning? I think it would be great for the students. Thank you for sharing.


  2. I really like how you described PBL’s and I like how you mentioned that this is not often found being used in the classroom. I think this could be because you mentioned that it’s a lot of grouping or partner work. This can be hard to do, especially younger children, and not a lot of people like working in groups. You also can’t do everything in a group because you need to see what each individual student knows, not what one or two know and what the other ones can copy. I also like how you talked about when this is used students gain a deeper understanding. This is because the students are actively engaging in their own learning rather than when they are just listening to someone talking all day.


    1. Kymberlie,
      This is a great comment! I think PBL is great, but like you said, it’s hard to constantly do group work and it doesn’t help teachers make sure everyone is participating and understanding. It does benefit students in future activities and goals in life by having them participate and figure out problems with their peers.


  3. Madison,
    I really like the information that you provided because it helped me learn a lot about something that I knew so little about! I agree with you, doing things like this in the classroom are useful because then the students won’t just memorize information, regurgitate it during test time, and then forget it the second the test is over. I know that because that method can produce a good-looking report card, but it does not help students to retain the information, which is what is going to help them in the long run. I think this will be a very effective approach in the classroom, and I am glad that you shared it with us!
    Thank you for sharing,


    1. Kayla,
      Glad I could give you some insight on PBL. The only downfall to this approach is that it seems to require quite a bit of group work. It’s hard to see how everyone contributes in groups and it seems to be very time consuming so PBL probably doesn’t get accomplished often.


  4. I really like how problem based learning focuses on certain skills with the future in mind. I would imagine that there isn’t many schools that use this type of approach solely on the fact that it takes a lot of work.


    1. I agree with you on this. It can be very time consuming since most of the time it involves partner work often. I think that using the PBL approach would be hard to do in every lesson. The students could still benefit by using the approach every once in awhile throughout lessons.


  5. Madison, I loved reading this post on PBL! I honestly did not know too much about this topic and your post, research, and thoughts have really informed me this week. I love that feedback is an aspect to this form of learning. I can definitely see how this method can be beneficial to the students. Overall great post!


    1. Tori,
      I didn’t know anything about PBL until I did some research as well. There are many postitive outlooks to this approach. Can you see yourself using this approach while teaching?
      Madison Seamann


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