Getting Started with Problem-based Learning. A presentation deck for training educators on the Project MASH problem-based learning process. 90-minute version. Get your creative juices flowing with a quick activity and conversation
A presentation deck for training educators on the Project MASH problem-based learning process
with a quick activity and conversation
What would you like to improve in your classroom right now? Write or draw your response and pin it to the front of the room.
Then, interview your neighbor. What did they have to say? Why? Take notes; you’ll need these later.
Problem-based learning gives students the opportunity to identify and examine a real problem, then work together to address the problem by mobilizing resources and advocating for a cause.
Problem-based learning provides a clear process (as well as the tools and resources necessary) for introducing meaningful project-based learning.
Problem-based learning is interdisciplinary. Students find natural connections between subject areas, similar to real world work experiences.
Problem-based learning builds student agency, independence, and persistence through a student-driven process of real world problem solving.
Problem-based learning is civicallycharged. By taking on local issues, students have opportunities to raise their voices, get involved, and positively impact the larger community.
Problem-based learning is one of several teaching strategies that inform the educational content and experiences available on Project MASH, a social network for learning.
Project MASH is a social network for educators, students, and the organizations that serve them.
On Project MASH you’ll find student activities and projects that rely on problem-based learning—or citizen science and other unique teaching strategies. Project MASH also includes professional development resources and support.
To develop a hypothesis for why a problem is occurring in your classroom, then conduct field studies to prove or disprove it.To do so, we’ll borrow from a learning activity on Project MASH:
What’s the Problem?
A Problem-based Learning Activity from Project MASH
The Problem: Something isn’t working in your classroom.What is it?
Consider how the What’s the Problem activity connects to the Common Core State Standards for skills or knowledge acquisition.
Visit Project MASH for tool kits and resources that align to problem-based learning and these other teaching strategies, including design thinking, citizen science, making & tinkering, and more.
On Project MASH you’ll also discover activities and projects that incorporate problem-based learning and other unique approaches to teaching and learning.
What’s the Problem?
Ask: The Art of Conversation