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Is Project-Based Learning Essential?



Asmita Sharma


Team TeacherTribe


 

The 2020s have been an eventful decade so far. There is an increased availability of information, content and material to keep us engaged. News keeps us informed and technological advancements keep us on our toes. As we rapidly approach the decade's midpoint, learning to take the changes in our stride is the way forward. 


The prevalence of short-form content and generative AI has inadvertently affected our attention spans across age groups.  This marked shift may also come to affect the traditional way of learning among students. Text-based learning may draw less appeal compared to the appeal of bright screens and visual effects. In such circumstances, increasing student engagement through other mediums of learning may be imperative.


What is project-based learning?


Project-based learning is an opportunity for students to develop skills and knowledge by engaging in challenges and projects designed to equip them for the real world. It encompasses more than just the completion of a project. This method enables students to research and solve the challenges that require their attention. Project-based learning can help prepare the student for the essentially project-based life after school. 


Several characteristics make up the method of learning. To align an assignment with the method, it is important to understand the characteristics of project-based learning:


  • The challenge should focus on an open-ended question that a student can research and solve.

  • Keeping the challenge or question academically aligned with the coursework.

  • The question must motivate students to seek more information and ignite curiosity.

  • Brings forth 21st century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking and communication.

  • Provide opportunities for feedback and revision as the student progresses in the project.


Why is project-based learning important?


The method can help improve class engagement and impact a student’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It can teach students responsibility and time management. They learn how to use technology to produce relevant resources and results, the value of collaboration and independent learning skills. 


Examples of project-based learning in a classroom:


The method can be used in a maths class by implanting the concept of ‘escape rooms’ or scavenger hunts. They can be asked to devise an app to solve their immediate needs. Students can also partake in scriptwriting and enacting sessions based on historical events, etc.


How would you implement project-based learning? Write to me at asharma@greycaps.com.

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