An Introduction to PBL

Michigan Flip Conference, 2016

Session Description

A growing number of classrooms are implementing a PBL model and more classroom teachers are experimenting with PBL units. This session is for the educator with little to no experience in PBL who doesn’t know where to start, or has tried PBL and would like to learn more.


1. Develop a big picture comprehension of Project Based Learning.

2. Identify resources and strategies which could help implement Project Based Learning.

3. Allow opportunity to process possible logistics for Project Based Learning implementation.

Session Agenda

  • Choose a card with a large color that reflects how you feel about PBL
  • Choose a card with a small color that does not reflect how you feel about PBL

Knows, Needs to Know

Option 1: What is PBL?


Option 2: Exploration of "PBL Session Resources":

Option 3: Affinity Mapping

  • Use index cards to brainstorm essential components of Project Based Learning.
  • Use "PBL Session Resources" above to guide brainstorming process.
  • Share common characteristics.
  • Sort the ideas into columns (or clusters) based on relationships.
  • Share idea clusters.
  • Materials needed: index cards, pen/pencil

Optiom 4: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

contact information

Jeff Bush

Facilitator, Kent Innovation High