Achieving 21st Century Skills Through Project-Based Learning

Out-of-school programs and early care settings are seeking ways to build excitement and relevance into their programming. Project-based learning (PBL) is an answer to that need. This lesson provides an overview of the phases of PBL, planning guide, and examples of how staff members in a variety of settings facilitate child-directed investigations. As learners read the content, review the videos, and complete reflection assignments, they will begin to sketch out a preliminary inquiry plan to implement in their own care setting. (K2.7 C2, CDA 2) 2 hours

Lesson objectives

  • Describe the main characteristics of project-based learning.
  • Discover how project-based learning fits into the overall care and learning program.
  • Outline potential steps that can be taken in a care setting to implement a project based on observed interests of a current group of students.