The Benefits of Project-Based Learning

Why is Project-Based Learning Important?

As educators, we all know that having students passively learn facts and information and then regurgitating those facts for a test or quiz is not sufficient. It does not prepare our students for the real world. Instead, we need to allow our students opportunities to LEARN BY DOING. Project-based learning structures curriculum around real-world projects that require students to solve multi-step problems or asks them complex questions that they have to answer. Connecting academic situations to the real world is one of the biggest benefits of project-based learning. It shifts the focus from teacher teaching to student learning.

The Benefits of Project-Based Learning - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini

By allowing your students to investigate and respond to authentic and engaging real-world problems, you are encouraging them to become independent workers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners. For students to be successful in life, they need to be able to think critically and solve problems. Project-based learning encourages students to be critical thinkers who are highly capable of solving real-life problems that they are likely to encounter throughout their lives. This collaboration is so important for our students’ both in and out of the classroom.

The Benefits of Project-Based Learning

The Benefits of Project-Based Learning - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini

Below is an infographic to help you understand the difference between projects and project-based learning. It’s important to understand that there may be room for both in your classroom.

The Benefits of Project-Based Learning - Young Teacher Love by Kristine Nannini

Infographic courtesy of: EducationCloset

Here are some examples of different project-based learning activities that your students can work through independently or together with a group. Remember, projects don’t have to be overwhelming and stressful. Instead, they are a great opportunity for students to be creative and have fun.

Design a Cider Mill Math Project

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March Madness Basketball Tournament Math Project

March Madness Basketball Tournament Math Project by Kristine Nannini

March Madness Basketball Tournament Math Project by Kristine Nannini

March Madness Basketball Tournament Math Project by Kristine Nannini

March Madness Basketball Tournament Math Project by Kristine Nannini

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3 Comments

  1. Project Based Learning is so interactive, it was impossible for me to get bored as a kid. Working with other students with interactive learning really prepared me for my finance degree. I wish I had a math based March Madness project like this one.

  2. Interactive learning is definitely a good thing! You always remember the times in class when the teacher/professor has you get up and move– one that comes to mind is when we acted out how an action potential works (some of us being Na+, etc) in the brain. It was so fun and educational!

  3. Choi Minzi says:

    Interactive learning is definitely a good thing! You always remember the times in class when the teacher/professor has you get up and move– one that comes to mind is when we acted out how an action potential works (some of us being Na+, etc) in the brain. It was so fun and educational!

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