John Dewey theorized that learning should not only prepare
one for life, but should also be an integral part of life itself. Simulating real problems
and real problem-solving is one function of project based learning. Students help choose
their own projects and create learning opportunities based upon their individual interests and strengths. Projects
assist students in succeeding within the classroom and beyond, because they allow learners
to apply multiple intelligences in completing a project they can be proud of.
Our society values individuals who can solve problems creatively, using multiple strengths, so
why shouldn't we encourage students to do the same?
However, traditional teaching strategies tend to focus on verbal/linguistic
and mathematical/logical intelligences alone. This can create frustration
for people who are comfortable with less traditional learning modalities,
such as kinesthetic, visual, interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical,
or naturalist. Project based learning allows the teacher to incorporate
numerous teaching and learning strategies into project planning
and implementation. Assisting learners in developing all of their
intelligences will make learning a part of living, not just a preparation