Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. In Gold Standard PBL, Essential Project Design Elements include:

    • Key Knowledge, Understanding, and Success Skills - The project is focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, and self-management.

    • Challenging Problem or Question - The project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve or a question to answer, at the appropriate level of challenge.

    • Sustained Inquiry - Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, finding resources, and applying information.

    • Authenticity - The project features real-world context, tasks and tools, quality standards, or impact – or speaks to students’ personal

      concerns, interests, and issues in their lives.

    • Student Voice & Choice - Students make some decisions about the project, including how they work and what they create.

    • Reflection - Students and teachers reflect on learning, the effectiveness of their inquiry and project activities, the quality of student work,

      obstacles and how to overcome them.

    • Critique & Revision - Students give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products.

    • Public Product - Students make their project work public by explaining, displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom.