The 5 stages of project-based learning

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Did you know that project-based learning helps students become more involved in their own learning process?

Project-based learning offers students the possibility to create their own learning environment around a focal point of interest, building upon prior knowledge and collaborative learning.

This pedagogy focuses on investigation-based learning, experiential learning and learning through play. It is a student-centered teaching method and the teacher is the facilitator who guides and boosts curiosity and discovery learning, building learning with the help of everyone.

We could divide project-based learning in 5 different phases:

Phase 1: Picking a topic to work with: We should take into consideration students’ interests, their curiosity and their prior knowledge. Choosing a topic should be done by the group as a whole, guided by the teacher. The topic of our choice will help us work on all learning aspects.

Phase 2: KWL Charts

It’s important to share what we know as a group and what we want to learn.

Phase 3: How are we going to learn?

This is when we look for information and do research on our topic of interest. We also define what we want to learn through books, toys, games and disguise costumes.

Phase 4: Organizing information

We show the information we gathered and work in groups, we do activities, crafts, we decorate the classroom, invite experts and organize field trips related to the topic we’ve chosen.

Phase 5: Wrapping up the project

This is when we bring our project to a close, recapping everything we’ve learnt.

Raquel Melero

Education Team

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