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Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.

  • High school student shows his class a project during a web meeting

    Getting Started With PBL in Social Studies

    Implementing project-based learning can lead students to investigate historical movements.
    Takeya Azzano
  • Girl studying with her laptop with drawing materials beside her

    Using PBL to Boost Online Engagement

    This period of remote teaching is a good time to start using project-based learning, which encourages authentic work and creativity.
  • Teenager working on schoolwork at her laptop during distance learning

    3 Keys to Making Project-Based Learning Work During Distance Learning

    This challenging time provides an opportunity for students to work on real-world problems they see every day.
  • Student illustration depicting justice for Ahmaud Arbery

    Exploring Social Justice Issues Through PBL

    The open-ended work in project-based learning can help students explore issues that matter to them.
  • High school students working together in their classroom

    Using Project-Based Learning to Help Students Develop Transferable Skills

    When students engage in PBL, they should gain skills that will help them solve a wide array of problems, not just the problem at hand.
  • High school students engage in civic debate

    Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

    Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
  • Boy sitting at laptop speaking with teacher on video call.

    Making the Most of Synchronous Sessions in PBL

    In planning project-based learning units, teachers can maximize students’ time together by focusing on collaboration and feedback.
  • Teenage girl painting fabric

    Your Checklist for Virtual Project-Based Learning

    It’s actually a good time for challenging, independent projects. Here are some of the steps you should consider as you prepare your students to get started online.
  • Middle school aged girl working on a school project at home with paper and scissors

    An Adaptable Framework for Project-Based Learning

    The National Geographic Society has a five-step PBL model and resource library to foster deep learning whether students are in school or at home.
  • Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

    The Claim, Evidence, Reasoning framework is a scaffolded way to teach the scientific method.
  • A class of students works in groups together in the library

    Project-Based Learning and the Research Paper

    Students take responsibility for their learning and develop solutions for complex problems when their research paper becomes a PBL unit.
  • Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

    Twenty ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.
  • Mother and daughter cooking in their kitchen

    How Teachers Can Support PBL at Home

    Tips and projects that teachers can share with parents and caregivers to guide children in any grade through project-based learning—with or without technology.
  • Projects That Work: Mission to Mars

    Projects That Work: Mission to Mars

    Physics students assume the role of aerospace engineers to explore the real-world problem of how to land a rover on Mars.
  • Staying On Task During Project-Based Learning

    Staying On Task During Project-Based Learning

    Brief daily meetings give students working in groups the structure to hold each other accountable on long-term projects.

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