Project Based Learning is part of every day

Project based leaerning

Projects allow students to address community issues, deepen communication skills, interact with people of all ages, use technology, and present their work to audiences beyond the classroom. Project based learning excites students as they engage new skills, and enjoy the satisfaction of a completed work.

Every afternoon the school breaks into multi-age groups to engage Project Based Learning. Projects are designed specifically by the teachers to immerse students in the subject matter being studied in the morning academic units. Our children are engaged in these projects for 6-8 weeks. Projects culminate in some sort of presentation or performance to our community. We invite our parents to join us for participation in project based learning. Some of the projects we have engaged in so far are Natural Playscape Design; Food - from production to consumption; following a drop of water from Hood to coast; Summa Academy Film Festival; a theatrical production of The Emperor’s New Clothes; and creating a garden. There is a cornucopia of projects from which to choose, so we rarely find the need to repeat a project.Our parents often give us great ideas and inspire us to stay local, think big and create together.

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Here are some benefits of Project Based Learning:

  • students engage an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge
  • requires students to learn essential content and varied skills.
  • requires critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and various forms of communication.
  • allows some degree of student voice and choice.
  • incorporates feedback and revision.
  • results in a publicly presented product or performance.

In addition to projects every day, we engage in a special project in June that lasts two straight weeks.

 

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