Updated: Jun 7, 2020
Our children have been SO resilient this year! They began the school year in physical classrooms, only to end the year in virtual learning spaces. And just like that, schools is out! This means that the “summer learning slide” has now arrived. Parents and teachers know that the summer learning slide is a ride that sets up shop from June to August, with a mission to make children forget a portion of the knowledge that they’ve acquired throughout the year. The key to dismantling the summer learning slide is to have children engaged in learning during their summer months. But how can we do this in a way that supports them in being independent, solutions-oriented, critical thinkers?
What is Project-Based Learning?
This is where Project-Based Learning comes in! A pedagogical approach wherein children learn by working for an extended period of time to answer a complex question/prompt, or develop a solution to a real-word problem. Check out four benefits of Project-based Learning below!
Benefits of Project-Based Learning
· Children practice English Language Arts + Mathematical skills by completing a complex and engaging project.
· Children take leadership over their learning by completing a task independently or by collaborating with peers.
· Children can work on PBL assignments over the course of a week or month.
· PBL assignments foster creativity in students and support them in becoming critical thinkers as they work to solve a problem or answer a question/prompt.
Want to know more? Check out the “Project-Based Learning Ideas” doc for PBL ideas for grades K-12, as well as the additional docs below for matching resources.
Visit https://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning for more information.