In order to understand how to apply Problem, Project and Challenge based learning it is important to understand what the three are actually looking to achieve in the classroom. In their article, ‘Introduction to Problem Based Learning’, BEI’s definition of Project-Based learning is that it is a teaching method that engages students in learning knowledge and skills through an inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and tasks.
Problem-Based Learning is defined by ‘The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning’ as a method of teaching many different kinds of skills and where student engagement contributes both directly and indirectly to achievement aroused by the problem itself. The problem engages the student, arouses interest and motivation, and the child learns as a result of being intrigued.
Finally, Challenge based learning, which is new term to me is, defined by NMC as “a multidisciplinary approach to education that encourages students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real world problems and think critically about how to apply what they learn. What is also included in CBL is a technological approach to that it is clearly designed to enhance learning with its framework which involves, ‘Engaging’ with the community through ‘Investigation’, and most importantly, ‘Taking Action’.
Reflecting on these practices comes at a perfect time, since a big focus at our school this year is Global Citizenship, which is where I see CBL fitting in perfectly. I feel that in order to enhance our understanding of Global Citizenship, we can have many discussions, but embedding the idea into the curriculum itself I feel is where the most authentic and powerful learning will take place. In order to this, we need to use all three aspects of Projects, Problem-based and Challenge-based learning together. To summarize, we could set up learning targets that engaged students authentically, by allowing them to inquire about global and local problems of their interest. They would then need to use technology to investigate, gather data, and apply what they are learning to take action and communicate solutions.
What does the planning template for this look like?