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The PBL Methodology

CERTL teachers in all grade levels and subject areas are trained to produce PBL activities following a standard methodolgy. Each CERTL approved "case" is facilitated by a CERTL qualified teacher in the following manner:

  • A student reads the problem aloud in group.
  • Students identify the facts, “What they know.”
  • Students identify Learning Issues, “What they don’t know.”
  • Students identify what could be going on, their ideas to move them forward in exploration.
  • Students make decisions about how to proceed.
  • Students acquire new information through research or additional resources.
  • Students test their ideas against new knowledge, re-rank ideas as needed.
  • Students continue to acquire new information and integrate it with that they know.
  • Students arrive at most viable and defendable hypothesis/solution.

At the End of the Day...

  • Students know what they know with confidence.
  • Students can identify what they do not know/need to know.
  • Students can efficiently and effectively acquire new information, integrate it with existing knowledge, use it to move towards problem resolution.

See Examples:

View and download sample PBL Cases.


Quick Reference

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