Project-Based Learning activities offer a different approach to learning in scope and depth. PBL lessons are intended to build upon your previous knowledge and offer a unique opportunity to utilize it.
The duration of these activities may range from days to weeks, or longer. The teacher acts as a facilitator of the exercise, as students work together usually in pairs or small groups. The students may have different roles to fill and gain specific expertise in these team building events. Communicating and planning with your team is an important part of the project.
In real life, problems do not always have clear solutions; there are no answers available in the back of the book. There may be several paths to choose from, each with their own advantages. Try to work with your teammates through any unexpected difficulties as they arise. Additionally, you'll often find these problems will stray from mathematics into other disciplines such as Science or Social Studies. This is encouraged and should make the project even more meaningful.
Truly, these activities should expose you to real world problem solving experiences as you rely on the work of others and face deadlines. Project Based Learning situations can provide you with important social skills that you will carry with you into the future.
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