Combating Learning Loss Through Project Based Learning

Educators and parents are concerned about learning loss during the time of Covid. Research on project-based learning shows us that when students are actively engaged in learning something new that is relevant to them, they learn deeply and quickly. One solution to the issues that school districts are facing during the time of Covid, is to use engaging content.

With project-based learning (PBL) and STEM, teachers can engage all types of learners with real-world problems, future careers, and the opportunity to be part of the solution. If you have not yet seen these interdisciplinary PBLs, check out the resources directed towards solving problems that include the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals can help students relate to their world thinking locally, nationally, and globally. 

Defined Learning provides many performance tasks that link the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals with PBL. Below are some great real-world performance tasks that relate to the U.N. SDGs and include an engaging career video and relevant research resources.

Performance tasks (free access) that relate to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

Let’s use learning experiences to empower our students to make the world a better place, as they consider ways to solve the problems adults have left for them. You will be surprised at their empathy and desire to make a difference. Let’s unleash their creative problem solving!


About the author:
Dr. Cindy Moss is a nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform. Dr. Moss brings over 31 years experience in district leadership, classroom instruction and inquiry based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career & workforce readiness. Learn more about Dr. Moss here and follow her on Twitter at @STEMboss


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