High School

Increasing Student Engagement With Problem-Based Learning

If you’ve taught high school for more than a few years, you have probably witnessed at least one big program appear out of nowhere, get plenty of push, and then fade away. I feared that would be the case when Problem-Based Learning (PBL) came to my school. Instead of getting bitter and pessimistic, I looked into it myself -- and I loved what I found. It felt natural to use, and it really helps engage my students in the lessons. I’m a big fan of PBL now.
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Increasing Student Engagement With Problem-Based Learning
  • William O'Dea says:
    When I start a new idea, I need a bird’s-eye view. I want something that gives me an overview so I can start to grasp what it’s about before learning how to implement it. That’s what I found in this page. It’s short and sweet, but it explains what PBL is and why it’s important. It even outlines the steps needed for a PBL project.
  • link.springer.com

    Cognitive engagement in the problem-based learning classroom

    12 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    I was skeptical of PBL when it was first announced. (Of course, the first announcement was gossip and unofficial channels.) I needed to know fast if this was something that would actually help students. If so, I needed something to show parents -- they would ask me before the principal. That’s where this scholarly article came in handy. It proves (not shows, proves) that PBL increases student engagement. Armed with that knowledge, I went into the program with confidence. This actually works.
  • ascd.org

    How Do You Support Problem-Based Learning?

    7 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    Sure enough, parents began asking me if this would help their children in school. That’s a great question, actually. I had a scholarly research paper, but that was too dense for some families. So I copied excerpts from this page (with citations, of course) to help explain why PBL works. But then I found a section on what it takes to teach with PBL near the bottom. That helped me.
  • sreb.org

    Increase Student Engagement Through Project-Based Learning

    8 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    The shift from teaching as keeper of knowledge to more a mentor/coach role under PBL isn’t always smooth. I feared PBL would decrease student engagement. Thankfully, the opening article of this newsletter put me at ease. It clearly discussed problems teachers have with adjusting to PBL and how to move past them. Knowing the difference between activities and projects alone was helpful.
  • geiendorsed.com

    Increasing Student Engagement with Project-Based Learning

    5 minute read
    William O'Dea says:
    When we pushed PBL at our school, our administrators were actually very good. They spent a lot of time “selling” the program to teachers first and then moved into the nuts and bolts. A colleague showed me this site, and I’m so grateful she did. It quickly and easily showed what a project would look like in this context.
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