Frequently Asked Questions

All About Project Based Learning

  • What is PBL?

    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 an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience.

    As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as success skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills in the context of doing an authentic, meaningful project. Project Based Learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers.

  • PBL与“做项目”或“动手活动”有何不同?


  • PBL可以工作吗?它如何使学生受益?

    做得好后,PBL对学生有许多积极的结果。它可以增加学生的参与度和动力,改善内容知识的保留,为学生提供学习的现实应用,并建立成功技能,例如批判性思维,解决问题,沟通,协作和创造力。See more reasonswhy educators are introducing PBL into their classrooms.

  • 研究对PBL有何评价?


    Research demonstrates that PBL:

    • 增加学生对概念及其应用知识能力的理解。

    • Helps students to remember what they have learned longer and to use that knowledge in new situations.

    • 教学生如何在团队中工作,解决问题并传达他们所学到的知识。

    • Improves student attitudes and motivation.


  • Does PBL raise test scores?



  • Does PBL require more work by teachers?

    PBL requires teachers to distribute the time they put into teaching in a different manner, but overall, it is not more demanding or time consuming. Much of the work in PBL is done when planning a project and assembling resources before students begin working. In contrast, once students have begun the project, the load on the teacher can feel lighter. In traditional instruction, the preparation to dispense knowledge and keep students busy is continual. Planning projects gets easier over time as teachers become more familiar with PBL, and they can borrow ideas from colleagues or re-use projects from previous years.

  • Does PBL require lots of changes in the school?

    PBL can be done in any classroom by a committed teacher. It can be easier, however, and more effective to do PBL in a school environment that supports it. Factors that support PBL implementation include flexible schedules, opportunities for teachers to collaborate, and administrators and a school culture that support PBL.

  • Does PBL require more money, special facilities, or technology?

    PBL can be done by skilled teachers anywhere, with no additional resources or special facilities. However, it is done more easily in large classrooms where the furniture is movable, there is storage space for keeping work, and Internet access is available. Although technology can be a tremendous tool and resource, many great projects do not require high tech software, equipment, or computers. Professional development and ongoing support for teachers and school leaders, like that provided by PBLWorks, does cost money but can be instrumental in the success of a PBL implementation effort.

  • Does PBL need to be used all the time in a school?

    Some PBL teachers use projects as their regular teaching method, but many combine PBL with other activities or more traditionally-taught units. Some teachers do several projects a year, while others may do just two or three. In elementary schools, PBL can be used alongside math and literacy programs. In secondary schools, the use of PBL often varies by subject area.

    Because it is engaging and effective for students, we believe PBL should be used to teach the core curriculum in a school or course, rather than being used only in special programs such as “Genius Hour” or Makerspaces. When PBL is used regularly, students have more opportunities to build success skills, which take time to develop.

In What Settings Does PBL Work?

  • PBL适合所有学生有效吗?

    All students need what PBL offers: engagement in the learning process, deeper understanding of content, and 21st century success skills. PBL has been used successfully with English Learners, students who are low-achieving, and students who are high-achieving. Teachers report that PBL is especially effective for engaging students who are below grade level and find typical schoolwork to be unmotivating, and students who may be highly skilled but bored by traditional types of assignments.

  • Is PBL appropriate for all subjects?


    Ultimately, it is not the subject itself that defines the appropriateness of PBL, but rather the nature of the knowledge within that subject. For instance, multiplication facts are better taught with flashcards than PBL. On the other hand, a project could be designed to help students understand more about the concept of multiplication and apply what has been learned.

  • 适用于所有年级?


  • 教基本技能和内容知识?

    PBL can reinforce basic skills and content knowledge, and a good project can motivate students to read, write, and use math. PBL is less effective than traditional instruction in areas where memorization of facts or algorithms is essential, such as math facts, verb conjugation, or safety procedures in a science lab or career/tech class. Most elementary schools that use PBL also maintain literacy and math programs.

  • For students receiving special education services?

    Special Education (SPED) students enjoy and learn from working with their peers on projects, and can contribute their talents to the team. When students are working on a project in a mainstreamed classroom, the teacher and SPED staff are better able to support SPED students compared to traditional, whole-group instruction.

  • For English learners?

    A project provides an authentic context and opportunities for oral language development by students learning English as a second language, when they work with peers on a project team and connect with people beyond the classroom.

  • For students who have advanced skills?

    Advanced students can go beyond the standard curriculum and delve more deeply into a project’s topic, often pursuing personal interests. They, too, can benefit from gaining skills in real-world problem solving, collaboration, and communication with a variety of people.

  • PBL会为学生做好准备吗?

    然后学校的学生仍然可以学习如何sten to lectures and take notes--although instruction in college is changing, with more use of interactive teaching methods, team assignments, and presentations, and even PBL. Students often have difficulty in college because they haven't learned to problem-solve and take responsibility for their own learning. PBL provides students with opportunities to build these competencies, as projects require them to make decisions, monitor their progress, work with other students, and interact with adults.

Our Services & Training

  • How are services offered during COVID-19?

    Please know that the health and well-being of the PBLWorks community is our top priority. We are continuing to monitor guidance issued by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).阅读我们的健康声明

    We’re still here! And our plans are to continue safely and effectively delivering support and services to you.

    • 从现在到2021年8月31日(可能超过该日期),我们正在暂停所有现场培训。相反,我们以在线格式提供大多数研讨会和服务。学到更多
    • 此外,我们的年度PBL世界会议将从面对面的会议过渡到在线活动!学到更多
  • How can I find out more about workshops for teachers–including availability, pricing, and scheduling?

    PBLWorks can provide a wide range of support, from研讨会和课程或个人和小型团队toworkshops & ongoing support for schools & districts.

    Are you starting to plan your school PD calendar? During the school year, we generally need at least 6 to 8 weeks notice for scheduling. This helps us to complete contracting and best prepare for your visit. For the summer, our service calendar is especially busy–often booked out 2 to 3 months in advance. If you’re planning ahead, we’re happy to schedule a year or more in advance.

    For more information, pricing, and next steps, let’sschedule a call.

  • Who will facilitate my workshop?

    每个研讨会都由PBL​​Works的手工挑选成员促进188金宝搏百度贴吧, an expert group of PBL educators. All of our facilitators participate in ongoing, rigorous training with PBLWorks, and many also continue to work directly in schools and districts. As seasoned teachers and leaders, they are brimming with expertise, passion, and firsthand experience in PBL.

    Each National Faculty member brings their own areas of expertise, along with a comprehensive understanding of our Gold Standard PBL model. The facilitator for your workshop will be specifically chosen based on the needs of your workshop cohort. For more information, read about our188金宝搏百度贴吧, orget in touch.

  • What's included in a workshop for my school or district?

    Here is an overview of what to expect with your service:

    • 讲习班通常可以容纳您学校或地区的最多35名参与者。
    • Your facilitator will schedule a pre-visit phone call with your administrative contact for planning and logistics.
    • Some workshops, like the PBL 101 and Project Slices, include 35 copies of an exclusive companion workbook. You will receive these by mail in advance.
    • The length and time with the facilitator is specific to each service.

    有关特定研讨会的更多详细信息,get in touchto schedule a call with a member of our team.

  • After completing a PBLWorks workshop, what’s my next step?

    Once you’ve taken the first step in your PBL journey - completing the PBL 101 Workshop - it’s important to continue supporting this big shift in your teaching practice.

    For individuals or small groups, join us at another public PBL Institute for a PBL 201 session at one of ourupcoming events.

    对于学校或地区群体,您的支持可以通过服务进行更定制。Get in touchabout options for scheduling a Sustained Support Visit for your team.

    One more suggestion! If you’re in a leadership or coaching role, we have workshops that support your specific work too. Look for a Leadership Team Workshop or Coaching Workshop at one of our公共活动orschedule a callto talk about bringing a workshop to your school or district.

  • 在我的学校或地区推出PBL的建议序列是什么?

    Great question! There’s really no one-size-fits-all plan for launching Project Based Learning with your students and teachers. However, there are some good suggestions to consider as you get started...

    For teachers, a common sequence is to start with the PBLWorks PBL 101 Workshop at your school or district, and then followup with two or more of our Sustained Support Visits over the next year. This gives teachers the shared foundation and ongoing support that’s needed to make this big change in teaching practice.阅读有关我们教师服务的更多信息.

    Your leaders and coaches may be interested in specialized workshopsavailable at our public institutes: PBL Leadership and PBL Coaching. Or maybe you’re looking for aSchool & District Partnershipto support this system-wide change. Whatever the case, we’re here to help you learn and grow in PBL!

    您有兴趣入门吗?Get in touchto talk through more details.

  • As an individual teacher or leader, how can I attend a PBLWorks workshop?

    We’d love to support your PBL journey! AttendingPBL Worldor one of ourPBL Institutes对于个人和小组而言,是一个不错的选择。

    每个活动都提供PBL 101研讨会 - 我们的基于项目学习的基础课程 - 可能包括PBL领导力研讨会,PBL教练研讨会或高级PBL 201会议。在这里了解更多

  • How can I host a public PBL Institute in my region?

    Each year, PBLWorks partners with several school districts and organizations to host PBL Institutes across the United States and around the world. Open to public registration, each institute has specific requirements for partnership and hosting.

    如果您的学区或组织想了解更多有关成为活动合作伙伴的信息,get in touchto schedule a call with a member of our team.

    (Or if you’re looking for a workshop for just your staff, please check out our老师的讲习班.)

  • As an international educator, how can I work with PBLWorks?

    We’d love to support your PBL journey! AttendingPBL Worldor one of ourPBL Institutes对于个人和小组而言,是一个不错的选择。

    每个活动都提供PBL 101研讨会 - 我们的基于项目学习的基础课程 - 可能包括PBL领导力研讨会,PBL教练研讨会或高级PBL 201会议。在这里了解更多

    Our team at PBLWorks has limited availability for services outside of the United States, but we are always happy to learn more from you! If you’re looking for workshops or events for your school or district, pleaseget in touchto share more details.

  • How can I contact PBLWorks for more info about Services?

    我们很想与您建立联系!简单地fill out a service request form, so we can schedule a phone call – or feel free to get in touch by email[email protected]

    And if you haven’t already, be sure to take a look at ourPBLWorks服务和培训概述!


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    PBLWorks is the sole source for the following publications:PBL Starter Kit (ISBN# 978-0-9740343-2-4);PBL in the Elementary Grades (ISBN# 978-0-9740343-1-7); PBL 101 Workbook (ISBN# 978-0-9740343-9-3);PBL for 21st Century Success (ISBN# 978-0-9740343-6-2).

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