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Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.

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    If you’re hesitant about project-based learning, here’s how you and your students can begin to get the long-term benefits.
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    This plan was designed to guide teachers who haven’t had formal training in project-based learning.
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