Developing Wider Skills
Project Based Learning has been chosen at S.I.S. (Straits International School) as a teaching method for its ability to encourage students to build life skills such as problem solving, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, reasoning and resilience. Project Based Learning also allows for multiple intelligences ensuring that all our students have the best opportunity to learn.
P.B.L. (Project Based Learning)reflects the core values of S.I.S. which is to provide students with a rich learning environment that is respectful, caring and safe, optimising wellbeing and reflecting a positive school ethos that makes school an exciting, stimulating and welcoming place.
What is P.B.L?
P.B.L. is a teaching approach that engages students in sustained, collaborative real-world investigations. Projects are organised around a driving question, and students participate in a variety of tasks that seek to meaningfully address this question.
What would it look like at our school?
P.B.L. at S.I.S. will begin with each student being involved in one project each term. These projects can incorporate many different subject areas or just one, depending on the theme and practicability. Projects will last approximately two to three weeks and will result in a presentation and/or display at the end.
P.B.L. at S.I.S aims to;
- seek to aid or involve community members in order to keep with our school ethos of community values.
- use current learning standards as the base.
- use a real world context.
- emanate from a problem that has meaning to students.
- result in a product or performance that has personal and/or social value.
SinceP.B.L.represents a more flexible approach to instruction, it allows teachers to tailor assignments and projects for students with a diverse variety of interests, career aspirations, learning styles, abilities, and personal backgrounds.
P.B.L.projects are central, not peripheral to the curriculum and allow teachers and students to address multiple learning standards and skills simultaneously. For example: rather than only meeting Maths standards in Maths classes and Science standards in Science classes, students can work progressively toward demonstrating proficiency in a variety of standards while working on a single project or series of projects.