As you know, one of the pillars of our school is Project Based Learning, or PBL. PBL is not a project but a proven teaching method that, when done well, yields great learning results. It requires a tremendous amount of planning, and each project can be very wide ranging in its complexity.
As dedicated learners, our teachers have gone through professional development to have a deeper understanding of PBL and the elements that are needed to create a successful and engaging project. They spend non-student time planning and collaborating, building, reflecting and discussing to hone their skills and deliver the best learning experience possible. However, PBL is a process. Being in our third year, we continue to build our capacity to deliver standards based, engaging, real-world PBL to all of our students.
I have attached an
that describes the Essential Elements of PBL that we use when creating a new unit. I encourage you to read it in order to help you familiarize yourself with PBL and our approach. Each of these elements is an important part to the PBL cycle and while they may not be visible you, the parent, they are integrated throughout each project that your students completes.
Every one of our grade levels incorporates 3 PBL units over the course of the school year. Within each unit, students will research their problem, work collaboratively with their team, connect real world concepts to grade level standards, have opportunities to choose what they want to focus on, reflect on their problem solving and present a final product publicly.
I invite you to view our PBL Gallery on our website, which outlines all of the 1st Trimester projects for this school year. You are also able to view past PBL projects by clicking on the PBL Archives.