Project-based learning

Understanding Project-Based Learning

For many teachers, the idea of implementing project-based learning is both intimidating and overwhelming.

Here at STEM Jobs, our goal is twofold:
1. Empower and support educators
2. Motivate students to re-engage in their STEM classes by showing them all of the amazing things strong STEM skills can allow them to do – including finding a job where they can do what they love.

In pursuit of that first goal, we have created an easy-to-use guide to project-based learning intended to support teachers and encourage them to take a confident step into the powerful world of project-based learning. We know how hard it can be to try a new teaching method in your classroom – especially when you have tried and true lesson plans from last year to rely upon – but the teaching methods that work best for you may not coincide with the learning methods that work best for all of your students. That is why we try to keep you informed about the different pedagogical approaches that are out there: so you can try them out and decide what works for you and your students.

Project-based learningProject-based learning is a student-centered teaching method that is growing in popularity because it focuses on conceptual understanding instead of rote memorization and requires students to apply what they have learned from a variety of chapters, units, and even courses to achieve success in a single project.

In our free guide to project-based learning, we provide a simple definition of project-based learning, discuss its benefits, give tips on implementing it in your own classroom, and even give you some ideas of project-based learning activities to try with your students.

Click here to download the guide for free!

If you feel like you already have a good understanding of project-based learning and are just looking for some fresh ideas, check out some of our subject-specific suggestions:
Project-Based Learning in Your Earth Science Classroom
Project-Based Learning in Your Economics Classroom
Project-Based Learning in Your Middle School Science Classroom

If you have any activities that have worked well in your classroom, feel free to share them in the comments.

We hope you enjoy the guide and find it to be a helpful resource. Please remember to share the link with your colleagues as well – it is always easier to implement a new strategy when you have a support system in place and can discuss what went well and what you’d like to improve as part of a group.

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Ellen Egley

Ellen is a former teacher who is proud to be a member of the STEM Jobs team. When not working on articles, lesson plans, and the magazine, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors with her family.

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