Monday, 15 April 2013


Project-based Learning provides us with the opportunity to connect with young people's interests and passions in a way that is authentic, academic, rigorous, applied and active.
Adria Steinberg's 6 A's provide a helpful checklist for anyone starting out with project-based learning.
Projects should:
  • Use a real world context 
  • Emanate from a problem that has meaning to students 
  • Result in a product or performance that has personal and/or social value 
Academic Rigour
Projects should:
  • Address key learning standards 
  • Pose essential question(s) of relevance to the student 
  • Span multiple disciplines and subject areas 
  • Develop habits of mind and work associated with academic and professional disciplines 
Applied Learning
Projects should:
  • Engage students in solving semi-structured problems 
  • Call for competencies expected in high-performance organisations and the world of work
  • Require students to develop organisational and self-management skills. 
Active Exploration
Projects should:
  • Extend beyond the classroom 
  • Connect to field-based investigations, community explorations, and work internships 
  • Require real investigations using a variety of methods, media, and sources. 
Adult Relationships
Projects should:
  • Connect students with adult mentors and coaches from the wider community 
  • Expose students to adults with relevant expertise 
  • Engage adults in the design and assessment of student projects 
Projects should:
  • Provide milestones/checkpoints 
  • Involve lots of reflection for students and teachers 
  • Result in exhibitions and performances 
  • Be grounded in personal, school, and real-world standards of performance."
If you want to find out more about this approach visit the High Tech High website

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