LESSON 2: What are the benefits to utilizing problem-based learning?


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Students will be able to identify multiple benefits to using PBL in the classroom.

Benefits of Problem-Based Learning


Problem-based learning has many benefits for both the teacher and students. Students are able to learn content by collaborating with others and solving problems. The students are required to access their prior knowledge which allows them to constantly be reviewing old material. The teacher acts as the facilitator of the classroom rather than the sole source of information and content. This give the teacher more opportunities to sit one on one with groups of students to access them in different ways. As you go through this lesson, try to think about if you and your students would benefit from using PBL in the classroom.

Problem-Solving Skills

Why are problem-solving skills so important? Everyday we make decision and solve issues. Having high level problem solving skills can benefit a person in all that they do, whether it be a simple action throughout the day, or a solving a problem at work. PBL helps students build these skills. The classroom becomes a place where students learn how to collaboratively solve problems. Students will build skills while exploring, investigating, and questioning.


When creating a problem for students to solve, the instructor should be sure to make it as open ended as possible. Try to choose a problem that has multiple solutions. This allows students to use their creativity in finding their own solution. Many times we will try to allow the students to get hands on and create something that can represent their solution. The problems in a PBL activity will teach the students how to use their creativity to make solving problems easier.

Real-World Connections

In a PBL activity students will be required to solve problems that can be related to real-world situations. Students can learn content through making connections to experiences in their lives. This makes it easier for students to understand the information they are learning.



Read the following...

As you read, think about all of the different benefits to using PBL in the classroom. Also think about some of the obstacles you might face in implementing this in the classroom.


Use the following questions and prompts to assist you in your discussion with your classmates. You do not need to exactly answer each question. Have a thoughtful discussion with your classmates.


1. What advantage to PBL do you find is most important? Why?


2. List and describe other benefits of using PBL in the classroom that might not be stated on this page.


3. Do you think there is a certain age group or course that PBL might work with better than other? Explain.


Moving On!

After answering and completing all tasks for Lesson 2, please move on to Lesson 3!

LESSON 3: Components and Steps in a PBL Activity