PBL is a teaching methods in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. ( Dictionary.com). My overall thoughts on problem based learning is very straight forward, in my opinion. PBL is broken down into three phases: understanding the problem, exploring the available information, and resolving the problem. The three phases provide a straight forward step by step approach of solving issues while also thinking in depth instead of jumping to conclusion. PBL also suggests the open communication between all parties involved which includes sharing information that has been found. Communication helps the process especially when it comes to problem solving. Resolving the problem, point’s outs steps of presenting and justifying the solution.
What ideas and plans do you have about approaching each of the three main phases and related tasks? The first phase of understanding the problem is to develop an action plan. The plan should consist of analyzing options, planning events, who will do what, when, where, why and how. Facts will need to be determined and if there was any good from the problem such as some things that worked well, some that clearly did not, and if there was any minor tweaks that could be made. Thinking outside of the box on this process is very crucial in determining the problem. The next step is exploring the information and making a complete list of sources that can be used. This step includes:
• Collecting information from different sources.
• Sharing and documenting information from your discovery.
• Generating possible solutions for comparison and consideration.
The last step is resolving the problem points out a step of presenting and justifying the solution. This step includes:
• Determining the solution that best fits.
• Presenting and justifying the solution.
• Debriefing the problem with
References: Dr.Gerard McGrellis CTUweek1Chat1.ppt retrieved from campus.ctuonline.edu Shields,Katherine ( 2014), Assistant Editor at Education.com Pros and Cons of Project Based Learning Retrieved from www. education.com