Project-based learning is a phenomenal teaching method that allows students to dig deeper into relevant, real-world, and meaningful concepts. PBL driving questions frame these valuable learning experiences.
Whether a project-based learning experience is teacher-led or student-directed, writing a driving question is often the first step in PBL design. It is also one of the biggest struggles.
Let's dive into exactly what a PBL driving question is and how to write them in a way that doesn't make you or your students want to pull your hair out!
What are the essential steps in project-based learning, especially those steps involved in student-directed PBL?
Self-directed project-based learning is an awesome learning experience for everyone, giving students choice and voice in the PBL design and execution processes. But what steps do they need to take? What steps do YOU need to take as a facilitator? Read on!
I have been a high school experiential educator for over a decade, and my dominant approach has been self-directed project-based learning. Students design and execute their projects from start to finish with my guidance. But it's not perfect. That is the reality.
Student-led project-based learning doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, challenging, or time-consuming to set up.
Self-directed PBL is, however, a very unique learning experience, and the classroom or homeschool should be set up in a way that is conducive to self-direction and the distinct elements of project-based learning.
There are not specific classroom project-based learning materials required for student-led PBL, but I do have some suggestions for general supplies that do nurture these experiences. Let’s dive in.
Project-based learning is powerful and potentially life-changing for learners, offering them the chance to experience deep and meaningful learning experiences while also building essential skills.
"I would love to start teaching project-based learning to student-led learners, but I'm a beginner and I'm feeling really uncertain and overwhelmed by the learning curve".
I get this comment in my inbox quite often and my response is always that you have to start student-directed project-based learning somewhere. You might as well start now and with a few tricks of the trade in your back pocket.
Student-led project-based learning is a fantastic approach for any classroom or homeschool. The benefits are enormous. Learning is personalized, exciting, real-world, and offers a portfolio of 21st-century skill-building opportunities.
But what does the teacher do, and how do you prepare for student-led project-based teaching? Learn how in under an hour and take immediate actionable steps with my free course!
Get ready before you start student-led project-based teaching so you can cruise later.
What is project-based learning? What is self-directed learning and how is self-directed project-based learning different than standard PBL? Why is self-directed project-based learning important for learners?
Get your answers! Start here.
If you were to ask me, "how can I make my summer school program fun and engaging?" (and not just fun and engaging for the kids), I would say, "make personalized, self-directed project-based learning the foundation of your summer school program".
It doesn't matter what subject you teach, whether you're a classroom teacher or a home educator, or whether you're a rural or urban educator. My answer would be the same across the board. No question. Run a project-based summer school program.
Spring is the perfect time of year for citizen science! It's warming up outside, students are getting antsy and exhausted, testing is underway, and breaks are badly needed.
On top of that, things start to get active in the world of wildlife, especially in temperate regions like Minnesota. Animals emerge from hibernation, migrating species begin their long journeys to their summer sanctuaries, and it's breeding season for many organisms.
To provide innovative educational resources for educators, parents, and students, that go beyond lecture and worksheets.
Sara Segar, experiential life-science educator and advisor, curriculum writer, and mother of two.