The Global Challenges class is project based. Students are provided a hands-on approach to exploring an area of interest to deeply examine its connections to the real world. Students take an active role in their personal educational journey by choosing a topic of their own interest for each project, creating work plans and objectives and working towards project completion. Project topics will vary depending on student interest, but will require students to draw on interdisciplinary knowledge and skill sets.
Students will complete three projects each year. Within in the framework of the year’s theme of study, students will be able to choose their topic based on their individual interests.
From Buck Institute For Education:
Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
Essential Project Design Elements:
- Key Knowledge, Understanding, and Success Skills – The project is focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, communication, collaboration, and self-management.
- Challenging Problem or Question – The project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve or a question to answer, at the appropriate level of challenge.
- Sustained Inquiry – Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, finding resources, and applying information.
- Authenticity – The project features real-world context, tasks, and tools, quality standards, or impact – or speaks to students’ personal concerns, interests, and issues in their lives.
- Student Voice & Choice – Students make some decisions about the project, including how they work and what they create.
- Reflection – Students and teachers reflect on learning, the effectiveness of their inquiry and project activities, the quality of student work, obstacles and how to overcome them.
- Critique & Revision – Students give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products.
- Public Product – Students make their project work public by explaining, displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom.
- “What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?” Buck Institute for Education, 2017, http://www.bie.org/about/what_pbl