Project-based Learning

AAC encourages all teachers to use a project-based learning (PBL) framework. PBL is a method of teaching whereby students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to explore, investigate, and propose solutions to a complex question, problem, or challenge.

Though there are many forms of PBL, some of PBLs best practices include:

Key Knowledge, Concepts, and Skills - The project is focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, as well as collaboration, and self-management.

Challenging Problem or Question - The project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve or a question to answer, at the appropriate level of challenge.

Sustained Inquiry - Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, finding resources, and applying information.

Authenticity - The project features real-world context, tasks and tools, quality standards, or impact – or speaks to students’ personal concerns, interests, and issues in their lives.

Student Voice & Choice - Students make some decisions about the project, including how they work and what they create.

Reflection - Students and teachers reflect on learning, the effectiveness of their inquiry and project activities, the quality of student work, obstacles and how to overcome them.

Critique & Revision - Students give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products.

Public Product - Students make their project work public by explaining, displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom.

For more on PBL Resources American Academy has adopted the educational philosophy from the Buck Institue for Education

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