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What is Problem-Based Learning?

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S: What is Problem-Based Learning?

BC: Problem-based Learning versus Traditional Learning Problem-Based Learning Traditional Learning *Student-Centered *Teacher-Centered *Small, collaborative groups *Whole group instruction *Challenging, open-ended problems *Basic problems solved *Teachers are facilitators *Teacher is the presenter *inquiry-based learning *predetermined learning process *The problem comes first. *First teachers give Students define the problem information then expect and gather info. and explore it. students to use the info. to solve problems.


1: Problem-based learning is a student-centered instructional strategy in which students work together to solve problems and reflect on their learning experiences. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their group. They ultimately direct the learning process with support and guidance from an instructor.

2: Last fall, our class completed a PBL on Flat Stanley. We sent out Flat Stanleys all around the world. Friends and family of our students returned the Flat Stanleys with wonderful stories, pictures, and souveniers of their home towns. Through this PBL, our second graders learned about geography, writing a story summary, graphing, and story vocabulary. By learning these skills through Problem-Based Learning, our students were able to learn in a deeply relevant and meaningful way. In addition, the children were able to strengthen their relationships with their peers by learning more about their friends and family and gaining a new appreciation for various cultures and family traditions.

3: Here, the students bid thier Flat Stanleys farewell and wish him a happy journey. | When the Flat Stanley packages arrived, the recipient got to present the contents to the class and welcome Flat Stanley bakc home.

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