“Flip the classroom just a little.”
In contrast to projects, project-based learning activities stretch across blocks of time, typically weeks or months. The activity is research-based and requires students to design both the research process and the final product. Further, the PBL philosophy is an academic endeavor to help students adjust to adult-level thinking. Meaning, in the real world, problems need to be solved. However, many problems do not have immediate or readily available solutions. Adults need to be able to investigate the issue, address key ideas, collaborate with other professionals, deduct information, and present a solution. Without proper training, stepping into a real-world problem without adequate preparation could be overwhelming. In essence, project-based learning is designed to foster, build, and reinforce critical thinking skills.