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AQCP Problem-Based Learning

PBL Guidelines:
The following are suggestions to teachers for successful facilitation of student learning using the PBL process. The list is far from complete - you'll discover more as you become skilled at utilizing this format. REMEMBER - Be a PAL!

PAL: Patience Assistance Learning
Patience:

  • Don't rush the students; allow them time to reflect and discover.
  • Don't give them too much information to start; this implies that there is only 1 "right" answer.
  • Don't push the students by being too authoritative.
  • Don't intervene too soon or too often; you'll make them all the more dependent on you.
  • Allow the students to make mistakes; powerful learning can occur from this.

Assistance:

  • Keep notes for yourself on your observations of the groups' work.
  • Help students discover ways to correct mistakes.
  • Provide encouragement.
  • Encourage creativity and divergent thinking.
  • Do use open-ended questions, such as:
    • Is that a learning issue?
    • What does that have to do with the problem?
    • How do you know that?
    • Where are you stuck?
    • Does everyone agree with that statement?
    • Can someone summarize for me where you are right now?
    • What can you agree on to do next?

Learning:

  • Join in as a part of the learning community with your students.
  • Show your excitement and joy in discovery along with the students.
  • Don't worry - your students ARE learning content and developing into effective thinkers and collaborators.
					  
					  

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Last updated: May 26, 2005