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July 13, 2018
A Tricky Part of PBL: Writing a Driving Question

by John Larmer
Editor in Chief

We’ve noticed over the years of facilitating our PBL 101 workshops that one of the most challenging parts for teachers designing a project is writing the driving question. One reason is that it’s a writing task, and not everyone is a writer. Many teachers are great at creating curriculum units and lesson plans, and many are great at working with students, but crafting the wording of a question that captures the heart of a project can be tricky.

Let's review. A good driving question meets the following criteria:

  • Engaging for students. It interests students; they find it understandable, and it provokes further questions and focuses their inquiry process.
  • Open-ended. There are several possible answers,...

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