Project-Based Learning (PBL) provides students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful real-word projects. The goal of each student project is to answer an engaging question, solve a problem, or complete a challenge. Ultimately, students demonstrate their acquired knowledge by creating a public presentation or product for a real audience.
To effectively harness the magic that comes with Project-Based Learning, PBLWorks has outlined seven critical components that must be included. All seven components are described below. As you will see, some components are easier to implement than others, which can lead to reluctance for many teachers.
Challenging Problem or Question
A PBL project is always based on a meaningful problem to be solved, question to be answered, or challenge to be addressed. A well-designed question, problem, or challenge gives students room to elaborate and explore throughout the learning process. Additionally, a compelling project is more likely to increase motivation and engagement.