8 Steps To Design PBL In The Classroom


What Is Problem-Based Learning?

by TeachThought Staff

What is problem-based learning? One definition, if we want to start simple, is learning that is based around a problem. That is, the development, analysis, and thinking towards a problem drives student learning forward.

We’ve been meaning to write a kind of beginner’s guide/primer to problem-based learning for, oh, about 18 months now and haven’t yet, so Mia MacMeekin’s graphic here is going to have to do. And luckily enough, it’s a nicely done visual that provides a useful starting point to make sense of this learning and teaching strategy.

The graphic eschews Mia’s usual squared, grid approach for something a bit more linear and comprehensive–an 8-step sequence to designing problem-based learning in your classroom. It offers a slightly more specific approach than our model for inquiry-based learning we created last year.

8 Steps To Design PBL In The Classroom

1. Start with a real-life problem

2. Map it out

3. Prototype, prototype, prototype

4. Be creative

5. Think global

6. Join a challenge

7. Set goals

8. Create learning moments

You can read more about learning models and theories in our 21st Century Dictionary for Teachers.


8 Steps To Design PBL In The Classroom