What is Problem-Based Learning

Our KOSON Instructional Model is our secret sauce. It is what inspires our students and our staff every day.

What is it? It is Problem-Based Learning, done the KOSON way. That means it is a teaching methodology where learning is student-centered and driven by relevant, real-world problems.

Throughout their instruction, students learn about a problem, ask questions, research, brainstorm solutions, test, analyze and take action, all while learning the state standards.

Students access background knowledge and investigate standards, which are aligned concepts that might help solve the problem.

Our KOSON Instructional Model encourages peer collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, all while learning responsible use of technology.

Working with industry leaders, students find new ways to collaborate and seek new solutions.

Students are in the driver’s seat of their education through meaningful learning opportunities that allow for them to constantly seek new answers and push themselves even further.

An example of a Gold Standard PBL that our teachers put together, includes all of the following, starting with the problem that is centered around the focus of that particular lesson or unit.

Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of posing questions, finding resources, and applying information

By incorporating authenticity into each PBL, the real-world connection is established and students have a voice and choice in their learning so that they can make informed decisions.

During each PBL, there is a time for reflection and feedback that allow students to continue their inquiry process to see if they’ve not only mastered the content and met the standards but also to see if they’ve pushed themselves as far as they can go.

Finally, students present their work or take action on their PBL inside and/or outside of the classroom.

PBL Examples at STEM

PBL Presentation