Project based learning at LEADPrep is characterized by four specific traits: the project is designed, planned, executed, and exhibited by the students themselves.
This is not a new idea. In 1897 the educational reformer John Dewey first promoted the idea of “learning by doing.”
This idea picked up popularity in the 70’s, but it also picked up a bad reputation. Some people considered this style of learning to be a form of “social loafing.” (This meant that students could coast on the work of others and still maintain high grades.)
In the 21st century, this philosophy has again picked up popularity based on key shifts in technology and teaching.
The explosion of technology in the 21st century makes it easier than ever for students to do serious research and produce high quality results.
Students and teachers are no longer confined (thank goodness) to the “book report” or lab experiment. Larger and more exciting possibilities are available as projects that can be shared on a wider stage.
Teachers have also changed since 1897!
Education has changed; we know more about how people learn. Teachers have learned better ways to evaluate the effectiveness of student’s learning.
There are tried and tested strategies for project based learning available to teachers. Educators today are comfortable with, and excited about, igniting a shared passion for learning with their students.
The changes in technology and teaching have combined to empower students at LEADPrep to gain a wide range of skills through project learning.
Skills learned in project work, like time management, collaboration, and problem solving, lend themselves to more than school-based learning. These skills will follow the students, providing a strong foundation for their work in college and in the workplace.