Students work in flexible groups to solve challenging problems that are authentic, curriculum-based, and often interdisciplinary
Students create knowledge and understanding through learning activities built around intellectual inquiry and a high degree of engagement* with meaningful tasks
Projects take the role traditionally given to tests and quizzes
What does PBL require of teachers?
Costa and Kallick articulate 3 "curriculum mind shifts" educators must undergo in the areas of goals & outcomes, instruction and assessment as we position ourselves to lead learning in the 21st century: Mind shift #1 : From knowing the right answers to knowing how to behave when answers are not readily apparent. Mind shift #2 : From transmitting meaning to constructing meaning. Mind shift #3 : From external evaluation to self-assessment.
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