Lesson 1: Project-Based Learning

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  • Participants will define project-based learning.
  • Participants will create trackable goals for the mini-course.


  • Before you begin reading the content in Lesson 1, reflect on what you already know about project-based learning.
  • Add a post-it note (or two or three) to our collaborative KWL chart
  • Know --What do you know about project-based learning?
  • Want--What do you want to know about project-based learning?
  • Leave the L for later in the lesson.


Why PBL?
"In short, if we are to prepare students for success in life, we need to prepare them for a project-based world."(Schoology, n.d.)

Project-based Learning is an authentic approach to learning. Through the use of authentic projects students are collaborating, brainstorming, researching, using higher-level thinking skills, creating, producing, and learning and demonstrating real life applications and skills.



  • What is PBL? ---This website is a great resource for PBL. The videos show student engagement and provide excellent examples of what successful PBL should look like.


---This is a quick recap of the basics of PBL


  • Project-Based Learning ---This website is a resource in reviewing the basics of PBL and providing examples and lesson plans.


The steps needed for successful project-based learning are:

  1. A Challenging Problem or Question
  2. Sustained Inquiry
  3. Authenticity
  4. Student Voice and Choice
  5. Reflection
  6. Critique and Revision
  7. Public Product
*Test your knowledge of identifying PBL versus "dessert" projects Here


*After exploring the previous links, define problem-based learning in your own words.

Before moving on...

In true project-based fashion it is important to model the steps needed to be taken in order to implement project-based learning in the classroom.
All project-based learning starts with a driving question.
The question I pose to you as participants of this course is...
What do you need to do and learn in order to successfully implement authentic projects into your music classroom?

Collaborate with other participants to answer the question.
Add a post-it note(or two or three)
What do you need to do and learn in order to implement PBL?


Discover the benefits of project-based learning and how it can transform your classroom!

Go on to Lesson 2

Extended Resources

All Resources: MyPBLWorks. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://my.pblworks.org/resources.

Schoology. (n.d.). Project-Based Learning: Benefits, Examples, and Resources. Retrieved from https://www.schoology.com/blog/project-based-learning-pbl-benefits-examples-and-resources.