What is Project Based Learning?
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a learning process that allows students to complete independent goals through extended project work. Through hands on experiences, learning occurs in alternative forms. Students are more engaged, rather than sitting in desks, listening to lecture, worksheet and book learning as the traditional school approach prevails. Project-based learning helps students develop the skills necessary for succeeding in today's highly technical, knowledged-based society.
At VCS, we have adopted a guided approach to PBL. Many of the projects are incorporated into the classwork as 'teacher-led' projects providing a model for quality. We use PBL within our Environmental Education curriculum as students investigate different aspects of the world around them independently or in small groups. Each year we introduce an environmental theme and ways to overcome identified problems. The process focuses on skills like problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, information synthesizing, time management, teamwork, communication, and conducting research. In most traditional schools, students address basic skills and assess by test. Given the opportunity to take more control over their learning, students are more engaged.
Project Based Learning follows a standards-based curriculum and meets the learning requirements of students.