Students have become more outspoken about the type of education they want. As a teacher, I constantly hear about their desire to learn by doing, see how things develop, contribute to and witness the results of their work. In other words, students want information and tasks that are real and useful outside the classroom.
Defined by PBL Works as “an approach to teaching in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects while they investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge,” project-based learning (PBL) seems to be the solution to covering what students need.
PBL sets the scene for student agency and autonomy while teachers become coaches throughout all the stages of a project. Students use their voice and choice, developing 21st-century skills in an authentic learning environment. Digitally-savvy students can include technology into their PBL, making collaboration easier and the final product more appealing.