The hardest part of problem based learning is trying to come up with an appropriate problem. PBLE is here to help you with a collection of suggested starter problems to assist in effective planning for problem based learning.
Each problem is focused at a particular grade band, integrated with standards, and connected to relevant activities and web resources.Problem based learning focuses student learning on the investigation and resolution of messy, authentic problems. Students connect content knowledge to real world problems where the motivation to learn comes from the motivation to solve the problem.
The goals of PBL are to develop flexible knowledge, problem solving skills, and collaboration skills while allowing for self-directed learning. Working in a collaborative group, students identify their current knowledge of the problem, what they need to know and how and where to access new information.
Your role becomes that of facilitator where the you provide appropriate support, modeling, and monitoring of the learning process. Teachers coach student thinking and guide student inquiry, pushing learning toward deeper levels of understanding and retention.