Not All Problems Should Be Avoided In The Classroom: Incorporating Problem Based Learning (PBL)
Problem Based Learning (PBL) is an exciting instructional strategy to activate student engagement and student-driven inquiry. To model this strategy, simply provide your students with a real-world problem or challenge and step back. By not providing the solution, the student’s learning becomes empowered within the constructivism classroom model. After incorporating the PBL model, expect measureable outcomes such as:
- Examine and test prior knowledge
- Discover and create objectives
- Develop collaboration skills
- Improved communications skills
- State and defend positions with evidence and sound argument
- Become more flexible in processing information and meeting objectives
- Developed or refine research and technology skills
Knovation’s educator-vetted digital resources, accessible through netTrekker or icurio, can ease the stress of creating a relevant PBL lesson. Nestled within our 360,000 item library, a teacher can easily find digital resources on how to implement PBL, PBL lesson rubrics, and student-led research materials.
- To start the research on Problem Based learning, we suggest using the instructional guide developed by the National Academy Foundation and Pearson.
- To review how a school-wide approach PBL setting can act as a catalyst for deeper learning, we suggest this case-study that focuses on the Philadelphia Approach School-Wide Implementation of Project-Based Learning.
- Creating the first PBL assignment is very rewarding. We suggest you using this checklist to make sure the lesson include all of the necessary components.
- Assessment is very important factor in a PBL setting. Implement or revise these PBL rubrics to guide mastery.