Middle Years

BNI offers PBL to the Middle Years as an alternate to the IB program. One reason for this is that PBL and the IB share the same philosophy and common objectives.

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a way of teaching, widely adopted in diverse fields and educational contexts to promote critical thinking and problem-solving in authentic learning situations. In PBL, the students are given a real life problem and they take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to solve it. In order to arrive at a few viable solutions, they have to learn a significant amount of content. The content is interdisciplinary, meaning there is multi-subject integration. This approach has been tried and tested for years and research has proven that the students who learn via PBL, learn more, retain the information longer and most importantly, end up learning 21st century skills like collaboration, creativity, communication and research which are very important to develop a well-rounded individual.