Problem Based Learning

Problem Based Learning (PBL)

Problems in life occur randomly and are never identical. Our solutions emanate from the way we blend prior knowledge with recently gained data.

Problem-based learning, or PBL, centers on a curriculum that simultaneously develops both problem-solving strategies and interdisciplinary knowledge bases and skills. Instructors place students in roles of active investigation. Students confront ill-structured problems (meaning ones that have several possible solutions but no tried-and-true paths to those solutions) that mirror real-world situations and generate probable solutions.

On this web site, you will find an overview of the problem-based learning model, actual lesson plans in various subject areas and grade levels and links to additional resources.

If you wish to share your experiences or insights into PBL or contribute lesson plans, please contact Patricia Schenck at