Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning (PBL) as an Instructional Model
It’s no secret that kids enjoy doing projects and explorations more than worksheets and tests. Wouldn’t it be great if kids could work on meaningful projects tied to their core subject areas for an hour every day? This year, we will begin implementing the PBL model in grades 3 and 4.

Why are we implementing this PBL model of instruction?
• Higher student engagement with hands-on activities
• Increased student academic achievement
• Improved personalized learning experiences for all students
• More closely mirrors the intermediate and high school instructional model
• Creates meaningful links to literacy and mathematics
• Allows teachers to maintain standard class-sizes

How does this model fit into the STEAM program at our school?
• All project requirements and materials are provided by the school
• Provides opportunities for collaborative application of STEAM projects
• Allows for students to be grouped by personal interests and learning styles
• Provides learning environments of both high and low structure as needed

What are some parts of a typical day in the PBL instructional model?
• Community building with your homeroom
• Attend math with other students who learn in similar ways
• Attend reading with other students who learn in similar ways
• Attend STEAM, and work on engaging projects that are linked to what was
studied in reading and math
• And all the usual other good stuff (lunch, recess, specials, etc.)!
General Mitchell STEAM
Engagement starts here!