Project-Based Learning

What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for a period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge and is used as a guideline for curriculum in Paragon Elementary School.


History of Project Based Learning

The project-based model has evolved since as early as John Dewey who believed that people learn best by doing..   He had a theory that people learn through experiences, student-centered learning, and hands-on learning.  Scientists who study how our brain works have made discoveries about how people can learn at higher levels using knowledge, thinking, and doing.  Engaging a wide range of abilities and using our senses contributes to higher level thinking which is why there is a high interest in PBL in the 21st century.


Why implement Project Based Learning?

Project Based Learning is learning by doing.  Students have the opportunity to use their voices to ask wondering questions and learn how to solve their questions.  This type of learning model provides the students the opportunity to take ownership of their learning.  Students are more likely to be motivated if they are working towards goals they have set for themselves.  Projects are based around our essential standards.  Project Based Learning increases collaboration and engagement.


What is the PBL Model?

  • Driving Question
  • Entry Event
  • Curriculum to meet Indiana Department of Education’s Academic Standards
  • Voice and Choice
  • Community Partners
  • Presentation/Culminating Event and Assessment


Paragon Elementary Goals for using PBL:

  • Higher Achievement
  • Real-World Connections
  • Core to Learning with a Focus on Standards
  • Increased Engagement
  • Structured Collaboration
  • Student Driven
  • Multifaceted Assessment