Our PBL Learning System

As an increasing number of educators are learning about and using PBL, the requirements for the continued growth of PBL are evolving.  There is an increasing interest of districts, schools, and academic departments in developing ‘systems’ of PBL that fit their particular needs and which can provide on-going internal support locally.  This is key to ensure that an educational entity’s investment in PBL as an important element of their teaching strategy is sustainable.

6 Key Components of successful PBL

There are six key components in the Magnify Learning vision of a successful PBL system:


  1. Effective utilization of the PBL instructional mode

    1. Successful completion of PBL Professional Development
    2. Readily available and utilized consultation with experienced practitioners
    3. PBL learning model ‘customized’ to fit the culture and needs of the particular school environment
    4. On-going refinement of PBL facilitation skills
    5. Demonstration of PBL facilitation success
  2. Collaboration amongst PBL facilitators

    1. Trained in and regularly utilize collaboration tools and techniques
    2. Integration of multiple subject areas on projects
    3. Mutual trust between educators
    4. Adequate time for educators to plan and work collaboratively
    5. Experienced PBL educators mentor less experienced colleagues
  3. Effective evaluations focused on critical thinking skills-for both students and teachers

    1. Student assessments that address problem solving and critical thinking expectations as well as required contextual personal and social skills
  4. Administrative involvement

    1. Trained in and knowledgeable about PBL
    2. Actively involved in PBL facilitation and projects
    3. Partner with teacher/facilitators to develop system-wide learning objectives and a process for tracking them
  5. Community Partnerships

    1. Diversity of partnerships
    2. Frequent and direct participants in student learning activities
    3. Partnerships enables students to engage in authentic and meaningful problem solving
  6. Accessibility to needed resources

    1. For teacher/facilitators:
      1. Access to on-line dynamic standards-based project library
      2. Access to on-line learning for project ideas, development, and guidance
      3. Access to on-going professional development
    2. For students:
      1. Access to learning management system, taking direct responsibility for managing own progress against learning objectives

Ideally, a group of educators from a school will participate together in a Magnify Learning workshop, and the group will include administrators as well as teachers from multiple subject areas at the secondary level, from multiple grades at the elementary level. Here is another illustration of the Magnify Learning PBL Learning System.




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