Diverse Learning Styles — Project-Based Learning
There is no defined number of learning styles present in this world🌍 There are major categories present — Visual Learning, Auditory Learning, Reading and Writing, and Kinesthetics Learning. But with the evolving world, there has been a transformation in everything and learning techniques have faced the same feat. Introducing — ‘Project-Based Learning’⚙️
As defined by PowerSchool, Project-based learning (PBL) or project-based instruction is an instructional approach designed to allow students to develop knowledge and skills through engaging projects set around challenges and problems they may face in the real world.
PBL is more than just doing a project. We do multiple projects on a daily basis — ‘Making a Presentation for our college course👩🏽💻’, ‘Organising a Birthday Party for your cousin🎂’ even writing this ‘Informative blogpost’ is a project. A Project engages your mind through experiences with the external or internal environment and as Albert Einstein says — “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experiences 💥”
Here we are faced with a question, does a focus on exploring real-world problems and challenges help students to learn more effectively? With PBL, students are engaged with authentic experiences, and they are prepared for the real world. As adults, solving real-world issues is important and now if we need to prepare students for success in life, we need to prepare them for a project-based world🔬
PBL has many benefits🟢 and is also faced with challenges🔴 Benefits include a breakaway from traditional learning which is purely academic📃, it does not promote short-term memorization, builds intrinsic motivation as it centers student learning around a central question, and also improves student attitudes towards education🎓
One of the challenges PBL faces is the Adaptation to Change. Change takes time and getting people on board this change, and trust in the process is more challenging.
PBL does not require teachers to plan for a massive project, they can think through the steps required to solve a problem and use those steps as project-learning activities. The learning process can be more manageable by chunking the project into smaller parts, with frequent checkpoints built into the timeline. Instead of a traditional exam, authentic assessments can be developed by communicating with professionals in the field regarding what a presentation would look like related to a particular project and constructive feedback.👍🏻
With all its benefits and as challenging as it may seem, PBL proves to be ultimately so freeing for educators and the students as well!! 📚👩🏻🏫
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