Keep it Real

Last week, the PBL World Australia pre-conference forum opened with an entertaining presentation by four Parramatta Marist students.

Cedric, Brad, Wilson and Gavin shared their experience of learning and how it had changed as a result of their school’s approach to learning through PBL. Moving from traditional subject-driven classes to integrated subjects with a specific project focus had taught them a few key skills, such as:

  • how to work in teams
  • how to present their thoughts, ideas and work creatively and for a purpose
  • how to adapt
  • how to lead
  • and how to learn

Of course, the students have gained knowledge through their projects and met the relevant curriculum outcomes, but these key skills also allowed them take ownership of their learning and led to a deeper level of understanding and engagement.

It’s no accident that the PBL approach focuses on these skills. Like many contemporary approaches to schooling, PBL aims to meet the student where they are at (personalised learning) and ensure a relevant education for the world in which they live.

It’s what one of our PBL World Australia speakers, Sam Seidel, called ‘keeping it real’. And the results? They (the students) speak for themselves.


2 thoughts on “Keep it Real

  1. Hi Greg,
    Having attended the recent PBL conference, I was so impressed by the young men of Marist – products of a great school delivering 21st century competencies that are so evident in the culture of the college. The presenters and keynote speakers were inspiring and exceptionally practical but the real testimony came not with the 4 students who did the curtain raiser but with the students who closed the conference with an unrehearsed Q&A in front of 600 educators. The boys spoke so articulately with pride and acknowledge of what PBL has personally done for them. The buzz in the auditorium and the quality of the tweets attested to what the conference participants felt. A truly great conference that we’ve been inspired to now put into practice. Hats off to Br Pat at Marist and CEDP for their vision!

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