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?. https://www.educatorsusa.org/project-based-learning?gclid=Cj0KCQiAwp_UBRD7ARIsAMie3Xa0-Yg2hsFoNwiniF1r-CkoK0MhTua1ZEGsyF3RhcSZRg2mdWlcpAwaAgKFEALw_wcB