Project Based Learning is 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.
Gold Standard PBL is a set of standards set by the Buck Institute of Education to formally define PBL in such a way so that it doesn't become watered down or lose meaning. A PBL that successfully integrates all eight of these design elements would be considered a Gold Standard PBL.
Complete the following lessons to help take one of your project-based learning units to the Gold Standard
This module is designed for teachers who have some experience with project-based learning. If you're just starting out with PBL, I would recommend attending one of the Buck Institute of Education's PBL 101 workshops or reading one of their helpful starter books. If you teach in the lower grades, read PBL in the Elementary. If you teach six through twelve, try reading the PBL Starter Kit. Both books are around 35 bucks. Ask your administrator if you can buy a copy and be reimbursed or just splurge and buy it on your own. They're great resources to get started with PBL.