In contemplating pbl vs. PBL, I am working to discern the spectrum of possibilities for enhancing project-based learning opportunities in schools. For me, one way to innovate and develop more powerful PBL opportunities involves practicing deliberate observation and journaling – purposeful discovery, interpretation, and ideation can set a foundation for project design and implementation.
Of course, it also helps to see examples of school-aged children engaging in learning that is rooted in real-world challenges and that is promoted through communication with authentic audiences. This morning, I was fortunate enough to have a TED talk link in my email inbox. Thanks to faculty and colleagues who are exploring the complexities of PBL and sharing, I can share these three examples of PBL that seem to fly toward that upper right quadrant of the matrix I offered on Jan. 4.