Discover, Create, Share: 3 Cycles of Learning for Rigorous PBL

You may have read a couple of earlier posts by the Buck Institute entitled, “Why We Changed Our Model of the 8 Essential Elements of PBL” and ‘The Perils of PBL’s Popularity.” If you haven’t, I encourage you to read them here and here. In both articles, the authors proclaim their concern over the potential for Project Based Learning to be confused with less rigorous, hands-on pedagogies or class “projects”.

Such approaches, while they may be more engaging and interesting than traditional approaches, lack the planning, preparation and depth that are required of true Project Based Learning, as well as some of the Essential Project Design Elements that are clearly outlined in the older and most recent models of Project Based Learning developed by the BIE.