The Basics

What is Project-based Learning? 

Project-based learning is a teaching method where students gain and apply skills by working on a long project where they complete an in-depth inquiry into a specific topic or question. Like all teaching methods, it’s not standalone. It can be added to the teaching you are already doing in your classroom. PBL allows for more real-world applications and an in-depth understanding of the concepts your students need to understand.

The Elements of PBL
The following components are needed for a project to be considered Project-based learning:

Why Project-based Learning?

Project-based learning is great for the classroom for many reasons.

Getting Started Resources

Free Planning Resource

Use the planning guide to help organize your ideas for each project. This will help customize each PBL to your specific classroom and help you brainstorm ways to bring in other subject areas.

Recommended Blog Posts

The following blog posts will walk you through the process of planning and implementing project-based learning.

  1. How to Plan Project-based Learning

  2. The Driving Question

  3. Differentiated Instruction for PBL

  4. Classroom Management during PBL

  5. Rubrics and Self-Assessment

The Self-Paced Course

I also offer a completely online, self-paced course that teaches you how to implement PBL from the beginning of the planning process all the way to final products and grading. This is a great comprehensive training that also includes the resources you need to get organized for PBL. At the end, you’ll receive an 8 hour PD certificate, and you’ll have planned a full PBL to put into place in your classroom!

Click here to see what’s included in the course.

Pre-Made Project-Based Learning

Planning project-based learning is a huge task. It can be time-consuming to align it to the standards and figure out how to bring in multiple subject areas. I’ve already done the work and we’ve tried and revised each project many times. Each PBL includes all the printables students will need to keep their work organized, as well as detailed teacher guides to walk you through the entire PBL. The teacher’s guides include the following:

  1. How to get your students ready for each part, sometimes including videos to watch and articles to read
  2. Differentiation ideas
  3. The standards each part of the project relates to
  4. How to make connections with the other subject areas
  5. How to complete each part of the project, including teacher examples

Find all of the premade lessons here.

One Response

  1. April –

    I was brought on to a Kindergarten Team recently to help guide them in PBL. PBL is a passion of mine based on my own research and self education. I found your site and the training course you offer. It looks amazing but wondering if I will get what I need out of it as it is geared toward to higher grades. I am having a lot of difficulty finding PBL info and projects for k-2. I realize the independence level has a lot to do with this. Looking for your thoughts on this.

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