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Beyond Facts & Figures

Remember when your school days were full of memorizing a lot of facts, tables, figures and formulas, most of which you probably forgot right after you took the test on the subject? Maybe your child is learning in this exact way in school right now.

What if your child could engage in projects like designing airplane wings or studying a stream outside their school?

Project Based Learning by the Buck Institute offers a 21st Century option that focuses on helping students of all grade levels better prepare for the real world. Adults live in a world of projects, and Project Based Learning is designed to encourage kids to actively solve real life problems -- like adults need to -- by using 21st Century skills such as:

• Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
• Collaboration /Communication / Creativity

In Project Based Learning (PBL) students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem or challenge. Rigorous projects are carefully planned and managed, and help students learn key academic content and create high-quality presentations.

PBL helps teachers and students:

• Delve more deeply into a subject matter
• Actively engage to better remember what they learn
• Use a real-life approach to learning rather than lectures, textbooks or teacher-led discussions
• Belong to a classroom culture focused on producing college and workforce ready 21st Century learners

A sampling of other engaging projects using PBL –

o Middle school students created menus, grant letters and multimedia presentations and commercials for a healthy restaurant
o 5th graders presented finished designs to group of school architects
o Elementary students acted as scientists and followed the migration of the Monarch butterfly
o Children took imaginary trip to Brazil that started the Need to Know process
o Kindergarten classes learned how to grow and harvest vegetables

Last year, The Buck Institute for Education worked with school districts across the US, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic to prepare over 5,000 teachers to use PBL effectively.

Visit BIE’s online education portal at www.bie.org to review over 450 teacher-proven projects.