Integrated curriculums for knowledge that sticks
Project Based Learning is an educational philosophy based on real-life learning pedagogy.
Students work on a project for an extended period of time they can be a week long, or up to a semester long.
PBL engages them by making them solve a real-world problem or answer a complex question.
They demonstrate knowledge and skills by developing a presentation for a real audience.
PBL for strong, resilient adults
Why did we choose PBL as our driving educational philosopy?
We wanted students who were able to:
- Work on tasks independently, using preferred learning styles to enhance their comprehension.
- Analyze, plan, reflect, evaluate, and make informed decisions.
- Generate and explore ideas.
- Find imaginative solutions to problems.
- Know how to work in groups- how to distribute roles and responsibilities to suit strengths and capabilities.
And that's not all
We also wanted them to be able to:
- Work to a deadline.
- Use initiative.
- Organise activities and events- getting involved in the school’s activities.
- Work with technology.
- Develop strong emotional intelligence.
How we implement PBL
Since we follow Spain and England's national curriculum, we base our PBL on the must-haves for the age group.
We study the curriculum to find commonalities that we might be able to base projects on. Then, we mind-map possible activities, resources, and assessment opportunities.
Finally, we create a plan of unit of work and write our lesson plans.
And that's not all
Here are a few examples of questions that sparked projects we've loved.
- "How has the map of the world changed due to conflicts from pre-WWI to present?
- "Should war criminals be put on trial if they were obeying a direct order from a superior?"
- "Should governments have the right to censor the press during times of hardship or conflict?"
- "Street art- is it art or vandalism?"
- "How could we build a functional shelter using only materials found in a forest and basic tools?"