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PBL Ohio

What is Project-Based Learning or PBL?

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Why PBL?

Done well, PBL is a powerful teaching method that does the following:

  • Helps students meet rigorous standards and persevere on rigorous tests
  • Prepares students for college, careers and citizenship
  • Connects students and their schools to their community and wider world
  • Motivates and engages students to take ownership and be more reflective of their learning
  • Restores the joy in teaching and strengthens the internal professional learning community

    Since 2009, the ESC of Central Ohio has worked closely with the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) and is the only Ohio ESC with BIE-certified capacity building facilitators. Based in Novato, California, BIE is the premier international think-tank and professional learning provider for educators in designing and facilitating PBL practice across grade levels and subject areas.
What are the essential project design elements of PBL?

Project Based Learning is an instructional strategy in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.  Essential Project Design Elements of PBL include:

  • Student Learning Goals: The project is focused on key standards-based knowledge, understanding, and success skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration and self-management
  • Challenging Problem or Question: The project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve or question to answer, at the appropriate level of challenge
  • Sustained Inquiry: Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, finding resources and applying information
  • Authenticity: The project features real-world context, tasks and tools, or impact – or speaks to students’ personal concerns, interests, and issues in their lives
  • Student Voice and Choice: Students make some decisions about the project, including how they work and what they create
  • Reflection: Students and teachers reflect on the effectiveness of their inquiry and project activities, the quality of student work, obstacles and how to overcome them
  • Critique and Revision: Students give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products
  • Public Product: Students make their project work public by displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom
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