Project-based learning, usually known as PBL, is a non-customary learning technique that helps kids and prepares them for real-world problems. It is a teaching method where children learn about different issues and react to them. It requires basic reasoning, different types of joint efforts, etc to answer questions and/or solve the problems. Working on a variety of unique projects, PBL creates special problems for children by asking questions that are difficult to answer. Students often need to use a variety of learning techniques to be successful; including research methods, reasoning, and trial and error methods.
“But how does it benefit my child?” Well, to answer your question, PBL helps in an all-round growth and development of the child.
And here are the reasons why it is better than the old school education:
No more old school lectures
With the latest technology, students now invest a ton of energy on the screen. Regardless of whether it’s a YouTube video, a film, or an instant message, it’s all on the internet. Digital media has become an inevitable part of our lives. There is no doubt that this new technology is so powerful that people with shorter attention intervals are easily distracted. The average attention span of a person is 10 minutes, especially when in class.
This is where PBL comes in handy. It can be very exciting to the kids, as compared to the traditional monotonous teaching method where they have to learn all their lessons and prepare for standardized exams on the board.
PBL improves interpersonal skills for children. The tasks are often big and demanding, so the students are grouped, thereby developing communication skills and it also allows students with contrasting personalities to find a common ground to work together without unnecessary pressure.
This lets the students get to know the world’s realities. Now some students may have a better command to come up with the solutions, as compared to others, so they understand how best to allocate resources within each other. And PBL encourages students to develop a balanced and diverse approach to solving problems of the real world, both as an individual and as a member of a team. It prepares them for success in the real world in ways that no other teaching style can. PBL poses a challenge and INVITES children in the planning process, rather than read and ram things from a textbook. PBL requires a broader view of how people and the world work.
It brings out the creative side
Creativity plays a very important role in a child’s development. Usually, children consider time with their friends for outdoor activities the best time throughout the day. But due to the presence of digital media, children today focus more on watching videos on YouTube and playing games on the phone rather than going out and exploiting their creativity in any field.
Creativity is an important skill a student needs to have. A child is a creative engaging machine-and PBL knows how to value innovative thinking and respect solutions that adults have yet to come up with. PBL is a great tool for developing the creativity of children through group activities and discussion of projects
Helps Develop Interactive and Social Skills
The development of social skills is crucial for the growth of a child. Good social skills can have a significant impact on students’ future, not only as an academic achievement but also as personal development.
PBL is an excellent method to enable children to develop interpersonal skills. Children communicate with each other during projects and share their thoughts and ideas because teamwork is an integral and essential part of PBL.
In general, children learn to acquire their communication skills at the school level because when they are in school they tend to communicate with their classmates and teachers. PBL makes it much easier for students to learn social skills while working in groups and projects and these skills can help the children later in life.
Good Judgment Ability
PBL is a useful instrument to develop excellent analytical skills. Because children are required to solve the problems, it teaches children to form effective opinions and help them make the right decisions to achieve the best results.
To successfully navigate the information in their academic life, children need good judgment, as well as the social and emotional decisions that they face.
Children Are Asked to Drive Questions.
Driving questions are open-ended questions in which teachers ask students to spend a lot of time researching and finding solutions. It is important to know that Google doesn’t give direct answers to questions that drive you. Instead, they need to look at issues, do research and then provide answers
Some examples of the questions on driving are:
• How to keep the environment around the school clean.
• How to make an airplane wing
• How to help those in need
Helpful for children with language delays
PBL supports participation in the project work of nonverbal children and children with speech delays… Because PBL is so dynamic and practical, there are many ways to include visual elements and encourage learners with limited verbal competencies to participate.
A child with speech delays who likes to draw can use illustrations to share ideas about making combinations. You could also include a visual image so that when asked what they want to know more about a child with a speech disability, they can refer to something on the network.
Helps in building confidence
Participation in project work can have a positive effect on children’s feelings as learners. Children tend to feel that if they contribute to a project, their ideas and opinions are valued and respected by others. They understand that they have to let other people learn something and the education is a way of life and they always need to learn something new. Children become confident as they constantly learn (without even realizing it) and interact with each other.
So, this is how PBL benefits your child. It poses real-life situations and prepares the kids to succeed in the future.