Our team at EPSL are always keen to explore different teaching styles that work perfectly alongside our trusted exercise books and supplementary reading materials. Project-based learning, in particular, is a great way to boost topic engagement and let each pupil shine. Interested? Here’s everything you need to know.
What is Project-Based Learning?
Project-based learning is a method of teaching that encourages students to collaborate on their work. Rather than completing tasks independently, you’ll split the classroom into groups and give each group a topic to focus on (it might be the same topic or different areas of an overarching theme). With a hands-on, communicative approach, it’s a great way to shake up the classroom experience and give your pupils a chance to learn a little differently.
Basic Principles of Project-Based Learning
Rather than being the instructor, project-based learning lets your pupils take the lead on their tasks, giving them more freedom to work in a way that suits them. Here are some of the key principles to set your pupils up for success:
Set a Challenge
Project-based learning starts with a challenge. This can often take the form of a question but might be as simple as a keyword or theme. Project-based learning starts with a challenge, a question, a theme, or a keyword. It stimulates curiosity and critical thinking, leading to a deep exploration of the subject and developing important skills such as problem-solving and collaboration.
Usually, research is done across multiple lessons rather than just one and incorporates a lot of group work! Your pupils will need to find good sources of information, apply existing and new knowledge, and work together to solve the challenge.