Adria Steinberg's 6 A's provide a helpful checklist for anyone starting out with project-based learning.
- Use a real world context
- Emanate from a problem that has meaning to students
- Result in a product or performance that has personal and/or social value
- Address key learning standards
- Pose essential question(s) of relevance to the student
- Span multiple disciplines and subject areas
- Develop habits of mind and work associated with academic and professional disciplines
- Engage students in solving semi-structured problems
- Call for competencies expected in high-performance organisations and the world of work
- Require students to develop organisational and self-management skills.
- Extend beyond the classroom
- Connect to field-based investigations, community explorations, and work internships
- Require real investigations using a variety of methods, media, and sources.
- Connect students with adult mentors and coaches from the wider community
- Expose students to adults with relevant expertise
- Engage adults in the design and assessment of student projects
- Provide milestones/checkpoints
- Involve lots of reflection for students and teachers
- Result in exhibitions and performances
- Be grounded in personal, school, and real-world standards of performance."