Powerful Project-Based Learning Practices

Publication November 20192 pages19V20w

Teachers who adopt SREB’s Powerful Project-Based Learning Practices connect classroom lessons to real-life practices that students can use in the workplace.

SREB’s approach to PBL empowers teachers to design PBL units around a driving question that challenges students to solve a complex problem, think critically and master course content, concepts and skills over an extended time period. Students engage in a cycle of inquiry and productive struggle that includes questioning, research and further questioning.

This quick-reference guide presents examples of teacher and student behaviors and learning artifacts found in classrooms that embrace six powerful practices for PBL:

  1. Plan Authentic, Intellectually Demanding Project-Based Learning Units Where Students Master Significant Content and Skills
  2. Utilize Sustained, In-Depth Inquiry
  3. Engage Students in a Collaborative Problem-Solving/Design Process
  4. Foster a Classroom Environment That Supports Student Ownership of Learning
  5. Engage in Ongoing and Purposeful Feedback, Revision and Reflection
  6. Include Community Partners in Project Planning, Implementation and Reflection