Project Based Learning
Project Based Learning AT EXCEL
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for extended periods of time to investigate and respond to real-‐world, engaging, and complex questions, problems, or challenges that are relevant to students’ lives and interests. PBL creates a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, inquiry, analysis and problem-‐solving.
Students engage in rigorous, standards-‐aligned content that is anchored in the world of work, so they develop the skills they will utilize in their post-‐secondary learning experiences and future careers. Twenty-‐first century careers require workers to identify complex problems and work collaboratively with colleagues to create innovative solutions.
Excel’s students gain these experiences in and across their core content classes and in their pathway programs of study.
SPOTLIGHT: PBL IN ACTION!
Michelle Caine, a Biology teacher at Excel, is launching a new PBL unit with her students this Fall!
The project encourages students to green-ify Excel with the goal of creating more healthy and beautiful space for all the stakeholders (students, faculty & staff, partners). Students will learn about photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and the carbon cycle as they design their green space and will have to confer with peers and staff to determine best locations within the school building to make more green and sustain over the course of the year!
Thank you to Stapleton Floral for your support with this project!
Gold Standard Project: http://modelsofexcellence.eleducation.org/projects/and-justice-all
TFor this project, students created tableaus based on their exploration of American ideals in English and US History. The tableaus where photographed and then converted into silhouettes in Photoshop. This project encourages students to see what reducing people, objects and things down to simple forms and shapes can do. The result is a series of powerful images that investigate whether or not there is a gap between ideals and reality by using examples from current issues that affect our society today."
This month's PBL practice is actually a how-to on improving projects.