What is Project-Based Learning?
Project -Based Learning promotes the highest level of student engagement. Students produce products, performances, exhibits, and presentations which demonstrate their learning. It is an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. These products and learning tasks are designed to address a driving question or to solve a problem. PBL reflects the type of learning and work people do in the everyday world. A well-designed project provokes students to connect with a rigorous curriculum, build skills valuable for tomorrow’s world, engage in the process of developing answers to questions, and deepens their understanding of what they are learning and why they are learning it.
Project-Based Learning engages students through the application of 21st century skills. They organize ideas, create media/visual representations, and learn how to respond to questions appropriately. Students organize, analyze, and synthesize information to develop conclusions and solutions to their driving question.
Project-Based Learning engages students through groups that work together towards a common goal: answering the driving question. Mountain View students reflect upon their own ideas and opinions, exercise voice and choice, and make decisions that affect their learning and understanding.