Project-Based Learning: Bring Home the Inspiration

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a method of learning in the classroom that is intended to mimic real-world circumstances involving problem solving, group work, and creative outflow that’s organic amongst a group of peers. Check out the video below for an in-depth look at how nonprofits are making a big difference in how PBL is implemented in the classroom. 

Is PBL Right for YOUR Student?

Learning by doing was a pillar of belief for the proponent of PBL in the 20th century, John Dewey. He believed that the student should not be considered an apathetic, disengaged recipient of knowledge, but rather an active undertaking of a problem and finding a solution through research and trial and error. That’s a lot of information for a student to understand and learn simultaneously, and it can definitely be a stressful environment if not guided by an experienced teacher. And, since every student is different in her or her background and learning capabilities, the project “leader” can often take the workload onto themselves. So, is PBL right for your student? 

Pros

  1. Project-based learning utilizes student’s creativity and promotes understanding between individuals
  2. It mimics real-world problems with real-world solutions
  3. PBL teaches a student to seek for a solution through collaboration, which renders real-world application in the workplace

Cons

  1. One student may undertake the majority of the load of work due to social loafing
  2. The outcome of the project heavily depends on the student’s guidance throughout
  3. It’s seriously hard for teachers to implement PBL tools in the classroom, especially if their resources are limited

How to Implement PBL in the Home

If you feel like your child would thrive under the idea of project-based learning, go ahead and give it a shot! There are plenty of available learning tools online for parents (and tutors) to use to initiate PBL. This will inevitably be different than how PBL is carried out in the classroom, however, you can prepare your student for projects in school by teaching them at home (or through a tutor). The idea is to communicate a topic through active learning, achieved by the following:

  • Example. Show your student what it means to tackle a problem, step-by-step. Have you been a project manager? Learned a skill through experience on the job? Utilize your wealth of experiences to teach your student what it means to “think through” a problem. 
  • Guidance. Do not hold your student’s hand through the process, rather, allow the student to gather real-world experience. 
  • Proper assessments. This is a difficult one, especially if you are not trained as a teacher to assess a child’s learning through tests and whatnot, however, you can approach this point by regularly asking leading questions and redirecting through example. 
  • Let the project be hard. Effort is not always fun, but it is always worth it in the end! Be sure to not “do” the project for your student, rather (again) show by example.
  • Have an audience. This can be a hugely beneficial aspect PBL. Presentations, public appearances, science fairs, youtube, the next family gathering….you name it! When a solution is intended for public consumption, the project can take on a whole new level of seriousness and effort. **Practice in a low-risk environment if your student is nervous about presentations.

Planting Seeds Tutoring & Test Prep and PBL

At Planting Seeds Tutoring & Test Prep, we understand the depth of project-based learning and it’s significance in the classroom. We want to promote collaborative effort between the tutor and the student, and we do this by implementing innovative assessments, personalized learning, and building relationships! We are trained in the subject matter we tutor, and we keep ourselves accountable to outcomes by regularly giving out progress reports to our students. Curious about our process? Check out the video below!  

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