Project Based Learning at IDYL

What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?

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 engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge,

Why Project based Learning

  • PBL makes school more engaging for students. Today’s students, more than ever, often find school to be boring and meaningless. In PBL, students are active, not passive; a project engages their hearts and minds, and provides real-world relevance for learning.
  • PBL improves learning. After completing a project, students understand content more deeply, remember what they learn and retain it longer than is often the case with traditional instruction. Because of this, students who gain content knowledge with PBL are better able to apply what they know and can do to new situations.
  • PBL helps address standards. The Common Core and other present-day standards emphasize real-world application of knowledge and skills, and the development of success skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, communication in a variety of media, and speaking and presentation skills. PBL is an effective way to meet these goals.

How is it implemented at The Institute for the Development of Young Leaders (IDYL)?

IDYL combines knowledge and application, to support increased ability to communicate ideas clearly, engage in research and synthesize information. The curriculum will challenge students to think critically, and analyze complex, and diverse concepts, and use reasoning judgment and imagination to create opportunities for themselves and community. The project-based, STEM approach to learning will accommodate varied learning styles. Within the context of the project, students solidify learning and practice the knowledge through integrating Literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Arts, and leadership. The curriculum’s goal is: that each student masters essential skills and areas of knowledge. While these skills and areas reflect the traditional academic disciplines, the curriculum’s design incorporates the needs of the community and the individual needs of the students to successfully participate and have a stake in their community. The curriculum will combine several school subjects into one active project and is organized to cut across subject-matter lines, bringing together various aspects of the curriculum into meaningful association. It focuses on broad areas of study since that is how children encounter subjects in the real world—combined in one activity. Students will examine multiple disciplines for common skills, concepts, and ideas. Students will apply the reading, writing, Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics and critical thinking across the disciplines. Students will make connections, pose questions, explore solutions as a means to engage in real-world scenarios and application transfer, and apply knowledge to different contexts and scenarios. Students will use multiple materials and resources, including professional experts, businesses, and networks.

Weekly IDYL Music Lesson:

IDYL Teacher Mr. Barley Encourages Students:

2015-2016 Elementary School Projects

2015-2016 Middle School Projects

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