Project-Based Learning (PBL) is based around the goal of creating a learning environment that will make our students thrive now and into the future. It is an instructional approach that engages students through a number of different interfaces. When students are presented with a central concept in the curriculum they are encouraged to use a multitude of skill-sets that will help them fully understand the depth of the subject matter. PBL incorporates traditional learning (things like reading comprehension and auditory assessment) with a more hands on learning style. This approach not only challenges students to see things from different angles, but also teaches to the broad spectrum of learning styles within the classroom. Students do not just read or hear about the subject matter, they then explore the depth of the subject through hands on projects, field-trips, research and inquiry, and various presentation techniques.
PBL is typically done by a group of students, but individual analysis and self motivation is emphasized as well. When children work together towards a common goal they are exposed to different perspectives and learn the value of communication. By introducing these variables the teacher is then able to evaluate each individual’s performance far beyond just subject comprehension. Teachers can evaluate the student’s: depth of comprehension, organization and time management skills, social interaction skills, as well as self reflection and inquiry skills. This model allows students to express their own ideas and opinions about the subject matter and encourages them to make their own decisions based upon what they have learned.