Project Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional method designed to mimic the types of problems and scenarios students are likely to encounter in their future careers. That, at least, is the simple, technical definition, but in reality PBL is much more. A rich and robust learning tool, PBL can be used to develop a multitude of essential, interdisciplinary skills.
One of the greatest strengths of PBL lies in its ability to engage students in deeper learning, often times in ways traditional classroom instruction may not. While many students have trouble connecting to conventional curriculum materials, whether due to cultural, language, or learning barriers, PBL enables all students to participate in authentic activities that are relevant to their lives. Further, the same materials can be used for students of widely varying skill sets, as the work is driven by the learner and the level at which he or she is able to engage.
Fundamental skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication are developed as students are encouraged to confront problems head-on and learn by doing (including by failing!). Students engaged in this level of active learning may not even realize they are, in fact, interacting with the same academic content taught in their classrooms.
SLS will design customized PBL modules for your programs, tailored to meet the needs of your students and your community, whether they are ecological, cultural, historical, or a combination of the three. We will work with all the relevant stakeholders as partners, to ensure our products are sensitive to all program goals. All materials will be aligned to appropriate academic standards.