Project-Based Learning or Learning by Doing Works!
- October 3, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Discovery Learning
Officially it’s called Project-Based Learning or PBL, but it is basically the same thing as good, old-fashioned ‘learning by doing’.
Some of the greatest minds in history have been proponents of project-based learning and educators know the value of it in developing critical thinking skills through questioning, research and inquiry.
Students retain more from experiencing their environment rather than being told about it or reading about it. Project-based learning puts the student in charge and challenges them to become the historian, the detective, the archivist or whatever the role may be in order to ferret out what it takes to make the project work best.
Project-based learning is not new. In fact, it’s been around for almost half a century. But what is being newly discovered about the process is how impactful it can be in the classroom. Students come alive and enthusiastic about learning more with the need to know pushing them forward to find answers.
When students complete their education they will go on to face many complex challenges. They will be better prepared to do so by having learned problem-solving skills, knowing how to work together in a collaborative sense, and being able to think innovatively using their critical-thinking skills.
Projects tend to be open-ended, so students must know how to assess a range of solutions and, at times, be able to defend their positions and choices. Essentially, they are motivated to engage in higher, critical thinking skills that will serve them well in their careers as well as in their communities.
Project-based learning promotes the exchange of ideas and healthy collaboration and these are part of what makes Yorktown Education the outstanding school that it is. Students thrive in an open, free-thinking environment that says, “do what you love”. When students are in touch with themselves and focused on their true passion for learning, they naturally have more to contribute to any project.
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