Problem-Based LearningProblem-based learning is a major component of authentic learning that presents students with real-world problems that they work collaboratively to solve. PBL increases student engagement and promotes inclusion. The NKH 2.0 summer institute will present practical strategies for implementing PBL in middle school math classrooms.
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an educational strategy for instruction that is characterized by using real world-inspired problems to support content knowledge acquisition and problem-solving skills development. The Buck Institute, a leader in PBL training, defines PBL as “a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge” (pblworks.org). PBL in math classrooms is a student-centered pedagogy in which your students will collaborate to learn about mathematics through the experience of analyzing and solving a specific, real-world problem. PBL will help your students develop flexible knowledge, effective problem-solving skills, self-directed learning, effective collaboration skills, and intrinsic motivation. The following are key features of PBL.