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PBL stands for “Project-based Learning.”
The quickest way we know to explain “project-based learning” is to answer a very short question that students ask a lot: “Why are we learning this?”
In a conventional classroom, the answer is “because it’s a thing that people should know.”
In a project-based classroom, when a student asks “why are we learning this?” the answer is “Because we’re making [a thing] for [an audience].”
Here’s an example. A student asks “Why are we learning about sentence structures?”
The traditional response is something like “so that you become a more fluent writer. Also, you will get graded on your understanding of sentence structures.”
The PBL answer is something like “Because we’re writing proposals for how to clean the creek by our school that we’re presenting to the town council in three weeks, and these proposals need to look professional.”
Once the class is committed to making work of quality for an authentic audience, the other key elements of PBL follow: students study models of high quality work (including the teacher’s own work), go through multiple drafts, and critique each other’s drafts.
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