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Project Based Learning and Traditional Teaching and Learning Methodologies at Argo Navis School

In The Garden

Our garden is an amazing classroom for so many subjects, especially Spanish. On this day, our students were harvesting the most recent crop of lettuces and herbs and breaking them into bunches so they could then be sold.

The garden offers students a holistic and immersive approach to learning Spanish. The contextual, sensory-rich, and enjoyable nature of the garden contributes to an effective and enjoyable language learning experience.

Financial Literacy - Farmers Market

Once the produce was ready to be sold, families arrived and chose the items they wanted.

The students earned over $250 by selling their organic goods. The money will go towards new crops of plants and continuing to improve Pigsley's space.

In The Classroom

Learning in a classroom setting is also important - it complements other environments and offers structure, consistency, time for assessments, access to classroom resources and other valuable benefits that contribute to a well- rounded learning environment.

Below is a class of younger children learning about the culture of Cuba:

Below is a class of older children grouped in different centers. You can see from the video, the teacher has 1:1 time with the students, and students are working both individually and in groups.


  Incorporation of Core Curriculum into Project Based Learning

  • PBL projects can be designed to align with and cover core curriculum standards.

  • While the approach is hands-on and immersive, the content of the projects often integrates traditional subjects, ensuring that essential knowledge and skills are addressed.

  • Integration of Lectures and Instruction:

  • Traditional teaching methods, such as lectures and direct instruction, can be integrated into the PBL framework.

  • Teachers may provide necessary background information, introduce key concepts, and offer guidance to support students as they embark on their projects.

  • Structured Learning Objectives:

  • PBL projects are often structured with clear learning objectives, mirroring the goal-setting and outcomes expected in traditional educational settings.

  • The projects are designed to meet specific learning standards and objectives, ensuring alignment with the overall curriculum.

  • Research and Information Gathering:

  • PBL incorporates research skills, a common element in traditional learning methodologies.

  • Students engage in gathering information, conducting literature reviews, and using various resources to acquire the knowledge needed to address the challenges presented in their projects.

  • Assessment Practices:

  • While PBL often involves alternative forms of assessment, traditional assessment methods, such as quizzes, tests, and written assignments, are still used to evaluate specific aspects of student learning.

  • A balanced approach allows for a comprehensive assessment of both traditional academic skills and the practical application of knowledge in projects.

  • Teacher Facilitation:

  • Teachers play a crucial role in guiding and facilitating PBL projects, aligning with the traditional role of educators.

  • They provide support, answer questions, and offer feedback to ensure that students are on the right track and meeting educational objectives.

  • Use of Textbooks and Learning Resources:

  • PBL can incorporate traditional learning resources, including textbooks, articles, and reference materials.

  • These resources serve as valuable references for students as they explore the theoretical foundations of their projects.

  • Skill Development in Various Domains:

  • PBL encompasses the development of a wide range of skills, including critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration, which are also emphasized in traditional educational methodologies.

  • Both approaches contribute to a well-rounded education by addressing cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of learning.

  • Sequential Learning and Mastery:

  • PBL projects can be designed to follow a logical sequence, allowing for the gradual development of skills and understanding, similar to the progression in traditional education.

  • Students can build upon their knowledge and experiences in a structured manner, ensuring a scaffolded approach to learning.

  • Flexibility and Differentiation:

  • PBL allows for flexibility in how students approach and solve problems, similar to the differentiated instruction often employed in traditional classrooms.

  • Students can choose pathways that align with their interests and learning styles, fostering individualized learning experiences.

Project-Based Learning is not an exclusive departure from traditional teaching methods but rather a complementary approach that integrates hands-on experiences with established educational practices. This integration ensures a well-rounded educational experience that addresses diverse learning needs and objectives.

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What a lovely way to practice their Spanish and nourish our bodies. PBL rocks!

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