In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student “voice and choice,” rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations.
Ryan King, a grad student, worked for the Al Kennedy High School in Eugene, OR. They were recently featured in an article highlighting the uniqueness (and effectiveness!) of their approach to education. They also have an awesome blog; check it out at http://blogs.slane.k12.or.us/kennedy/
If you are interested in learning more about PBL, visit the Buck Institute of Education’s website at http://www.bie.org/about/what_is_pbl.