AQCP Problem-Based Learning
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
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
Last updated: May 26, 2005