The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning (IJPBL) publishes relevant, interesting, and challenging articles of research, analysis, or promising practice related to all aspects of implementing problem-based learning (PBL) in K–12 and post-secondary classrooms.
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This is a Problem-Based Learning lesson. Problem-based learning is meant to provide students with real-world problems that more closely mirror what they would experience in an actual situation. There are many benefits of PBL such as, decision-making, team-based skills, and self-directed learning. With this type of learning, there is not only one correct answer nor is there a single solution path. The end result should be that these real life experiences will show deep, meaningful learning.
The purpose of these PBL units is to provide advanced students of Spanish (generally 3rd and 4th year college students) a series of compelling problems from Spanish culture and society. Each unit introduces a problem that students must solve collaboratively in small teams (4-6) over the course of approximately four weeks, assuming 2-3 class meetings per week. The instructor coaches the teams as they seek to fill gaps in understanding, revise hypotheses to incorporate new knowledge, and craft solutions that recognize various perspectives on the problem. Each unit is based on particular objectives, but the skills and processes students will exercise are the same across all units: collaborative problem solving, self-directed research and synthesis of information, argumentation based on sound evidence, and communication in Spanish.
This is a problem-based learning (PBL) for first grade social studies about the importance of rules. Through this project students will learn about rules in the classroom, school, and community. Then to create a list of rules for the classroom, the students will work in groups to create a video or a poster about rules they think should be in place in our classroom.