Student role

Carry out instructions
Memorizer and repeater of facts
Students receive and complete brief tasks
Listen, behave, speak only when spoken to
Student role
Carry out self- directed learning activities
Discoverer, integrator, and presenter of ideas
Students define their own tasks and work independently for large blocks of time
Communicate, show affect, produce, take responsibility


Traditional Instruction Emphasizes

Project Based Learning Emphasizes

Buck Institute for Education: http://www.bie.org/pbl/pbloverview/definition.php