What makes a PBL project authentic?
“Answer: It addresses a real-world problem.”
Putting PBL to work in the classroom takes planning and preparation. It should be something that interests your students. Teachers can use the three examples above as starting points for projects in a PBL learning environment.
How much real-world should a PBL activity entail?
“The answer depends on several variables.”
Even as adults, finding real solutions to real problems is difficult. So, how much can we expect from students ages 6 to 16? The answer depends on several variables. Educators using the project-based learning model in the classroom should clearly explain the expected outcome to their students. Of course, the vague notion of solving for world peace is out of the question. But a more pressing solution to reducing gang-related violence in your local community may be worth looking into.