Project-Based Learning can happen in many ways and the product and outcome may not be what is expected, but the process is where the learning is most powerful. Here are some helpful suggestions for planning, coaching and mentoring students through successful project-based learning.
- Student Choice and Creativity that empowers and inspires the students to own their own learning and engage deeply in the project.
- Tackles Relevant Issues and importance beyond the classroom.
- Exemplary Models by other students, teachers, or professionals, to set criteria for high-quality work and set strategies to attain them.
- Incorporates Hands-On Work, such as: art, technology, or processes- related to the discipline.
- Lasting Learning of a deeper learning skill, idea, or way of thinking that is relevant to students’ lives, their futures, and transforms who they are as human beings.
- Mirrors Real-World Work of professionals in craft, process, or skill (e.g. historians, writers, mathematicians, artists).
- Moves Beyond Classroom in purpose, audience, or contribution to community.
You can read the full article by Bob Lenz on Edutopia HERE.