Why every primary teacher should be using Project Based Learning

Project based learning (PBL) is perhaps the greatest resource hardly being used in UK schools. Teachers are increasingly being asked to do more with less, and there’s never been a better time to reinvent classroom learning than now. Despite the mounting pressures on schools, a huge advantage all still hold is in the freedom to deliver the National Curriculum by how they see fit. There’s also a wealth of research to support PBLs uptake in the classroom:

Students retain content longer and have a deeper understanding of what they learn (Penuel & Means, 2000).More effective than traditional methods for teaching Maths, Economics, Science, Languages and other disciplines (Finklestein et al, 2010).On high stakes testing, PBL taught students outperform traditionally taught students (Parker et al, 2010).Students demonstrate better problem solving skills than students taught in more traditional classes (Finklestein et al, 2010).PBL students demonstrate better engagement and motivation to learn, and have better attendance (Walker & Leary, 2009).

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