According to a famous Swiss Psychologist Jean Piaget “Knowledge is a consequence of experience” and Project Based Learning or PBL is based on the same lines. Project Based Learning is here to stay and especially in the modern education system where each child is exposed to virtual world. Let’s see how advantageous PBL is for our “Next Gen”
- Three C’s of Learning is PBL
Project Based Learning is inquiry based learning, where critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity are the essentials and are learnt by students on the go. These aspects are the basis for a healthy mind and conscious heart. Traditional book learning provides theoretical knowledge and Project based learning connects the students to the real world. It makes them face the real challenges of the world just like what we adults do in our professional scenario.
Won’t it be interesting and adventurous for a student to be in a live scenario creating a mobile app about health awareness around the world? This is PBL!
- PBL is Conceptual Learning not Rote Learning
Rote learning based on memorizing each and every aspect from the book has been shown the door by PBL. PBL has created a wave of interesting understanding amongst the students, where they love to go to school to learn. The engagement , that PBL provides is far more appreciable than what book learning does. The student is intrinsically motivated towards learning due to the pattern of live scenarios in PBL.
- PBL brings in Self Motivation
- A self motivated and happy student develops a positive attitude towards his or her peers, parents, teachers and a society at large. This happens when a group of students are engaged in a PBL and made responsible for the success or failure of the same. In the process of completing a PBL assignment or scenario, the team work is learnt along with communicating effectively with teachers, parents, peers and the problem solving skills are enhanced on observing others.
- Application Orientation is PBL
Project Based Learning creates a thought process where, a student is thrown with an open ended question or a research problem to respond or solve in a live situation. This makes the student think, analyze and apply what has been taught through books, into a real life situation. It can be mathematical equation, a scientific approach, a social –economic scenario, an research based historic situation, so on so forth for a student to challenge his instincts for the best solution possible.
- Less Teacher Student Time with PBL
When PBL is implemented, students are aiding each other in their learning. Thus leads to a point where teacher is there to give superficial inputs relevant to the research and to assess the students through individual oral presentation to make sure all the students have been a part of PBL.
Will it not be engaging for a 10 year old child to be involved in a robotic project creating a new mechanism of security for his or her school? It will be! These are some vital reasons why Arwachin Public School has an integrated Project Based Learning in their curriculum for the overall development of their students. We at Arwachin encourage our children to be proactive in learning, in exploring their abilities and in carving their future through PBL.