Project-Based Experiential Learning
Long-term projects serve as vehicles to long-term learning. A growing body of academic research supports the use of project-based experiential learning in schools as a way to engage students, cut absenteeism, boost cooperative learning skills, and improve test scores (Buck Institute for Education, http://www.bie.org). Ruch students begin to contribute their talents and energies to important local projects, stimulating the creation of what might be called a ‘learning community’. Using a sound set of best instructional practices around issues of sustainability, our community-based projects fuel personal connections and treat students as active resources of their communities. Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.