The benefits of project-based learning in the classroom

We all know that children respond to learning differently, but what should you do when your pupils don’t seem engaged in the classroom? When the methods you’ve tried haven’t been working, it’s time to shake it up. That’s where project-based education comes into play.

The benefits of project-based learning in the classroom

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.

Encourage Research

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.

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