All of our classes incorporate project-based pedagogy to give our students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills by asking real-world problems. Students actively learn and gain a deeper understanding of the material through solving authentic, curriculum-based, and interdisciplinary problems. Project-based learning builds and supports the 21st-century skills necessary for our students to develop and thrive in today’s world.
Project-based does not replace the academic knowledge that students learn, rather it is a question of how we teach that academic knowledge. Students don’t learn best through memorization, they learn by doing and by exploring the world through the questions they ask.
Students learn how concepts are applied in the real world by applying classroom knowledge to real-world issues.
Encourages students to think critically, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively
The projects students undertake are fueled by what they find interesting and the questions that ask. This encourages them to continue asking questions.
PBL is different from regular class learning or doing projects.
Project-based learning at the FAA is more than just students doing a project. The project contains and frames curriculum and instruction. Teachers support students in learning important knowledge and skills through the work of a project. PBL encourages students to use higher-order thinking skills instead of just remembering the information.
To effectively support students in PBL, we create an effective learning environment.
We promote a classroom culture of creativity and engagement where students propose solutions to problems, communicate their ideas, debate the ideas of others, collaborate with others, and work independently. Students are also motivated by engaging in meaningful projects where they decide how to approach a problem and derive their solutions. Students also reflect on the processes they use to create and complete their projects.
The main goal of our play-based curriculum is to learn while playing. Play-based learning is child-centered and focuses on children’s academic, social and emotional development. We take into account children’s interests and abilities through engaging and structured learning environments. Play-based learning allows preschoolers to develop problem-solving, critical, and creativity skills. Play-based learning also integrates inquiry-based learning as students are encouraged to use their curiosity to explore and discover.
We support a project-based learning approach outside the classrooms to provide students with a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education. Trips, activities, and special projects incorporate project-based learning components.
In a project-based learning environment, students learn the required information through actively engaging with the material and applying it to real-world tasks and challenges. This may involve conducting research, gathering and analyzing data, and solving problems. The teacher serves as a facilitator, guiding students as they work through the project and providing support and resources as needed
Project-based learning is an effective teaching approach for young children because it allows them to engage in hands-on, real-world experiences that are relevant and meaningful to them. This can be especially valuable in preschool, as young children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring their environment through play and experimentation.
Project-based learning also develops important skills in young children, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. These skills are essential for success in school and in life and can be fostered through engaging, hands-on projects that allow children to apply their learning to authentic tasks and challenges.