Project Based Learning is a "teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge."
Elements of Project Based Learning:
- Content - Students are taught skills in the core content of their subject area. This includes Common Core Standards or individual state standards.
- 21st Century Skills - These competencies are addressed: problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity/innovation.
- Inquiry - Asking in-depth questions, using various types of resources, and developing answers to the questions
- Driving Question - The students develop an open-ended question. This is what the project is about and the foundation of their research.
- Knowledge - Students need to gain information in order to answer the Driving Question and create their products.
- Creativity - Students have input in developing their products and how they go about gathering information. This is guided by the teacher.
- Evaluation - Students are evaluated by themselves, peers and the teachers on how well they answered the driving question
- Presentation - Students give a formal presentation on their project. This is planned in detail.
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