– Sylvia Chard
Our children live in a knowledge based, highly technological world, and the old way of learning, passively learning facts, memorizing and being able to repeat them is no longer sufficient. For students to survive in today’s world, they must learn highly complex problems requires that both fundamental skills (reading, writing, and math) and 21st century skills such as, time management, research and information gathering, teamwork and most importantly how to put knowledge to work.
Our teachers plan projects which help students to acquire these skills and help them become directors and managers of their learning process, all under the guidance and mentorship of a skilled teacher.
These 21st century skills include:
- Social and emotional intelligence
- Ability to take personal and social responsibility
- Ability to visualize and conceptualize
- Make decisions and convince
- Ability to organize thoughts, plan effectively, reason and think critically and creatively
- Develop strong communication skills, both for interpersonal and presentation needs
- Have strong cross-cultural understanding
- Mastery of technology
- Expertize in choosing the appropriate tools need to complete a task
Everyone learns better when they are able to see the reason for the learning and Project Based learning brings real life learning into the curriculum. Students are encouraged to become the owner of their own learning, experts of their own knowledge, independent workers and lifelong learners.
Most importantly, Project Based Learning goes beyond learning. It allows students to build their knowledge according to their own strength, background and experiences. This allows students to learn actively in the style best suited to them and helps them to develop a way of working and thinking responsibly that will follow them into their adult years.