About Design-Based Learning

DBL "sneaks up on learning" by engaging students' innate curiosity and creating a fun, interactive environment that develops higher-level reasoning skills in the context of the standard K–12 curriculum.

A teacher using DBL challenges students to create never-before-seen solutions to specific problems. For example, a sixth grade class studying ancient Egypt, China, Greece and Mesopotamia might begin by working in teams to build a 3D scale model of a place in that ancient world. Doing so compels them to answer questions such as "What types of dwellings will people live in?" and "What values will they live by?" Armed with their own solutions, students investigate topics about these societies in required texts.