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PBL Parent Newsletter

Jan. 30, 2017

Dear Parents,

We are writing to tell you about an exciting project we are about to do in our school. This year’s World Cultures Fair will use the teaching method of Project Based Learning, or PBL, to help students learn. This school-wide PBL process will replace our previous home-based Geography Fair model.

Projects motivate students to gain specific knowledge, and they remember it longer. They give students the chance to apply the skills they learn in school to personally relevant and real-world situations. Your child also learns skills in PBL such as how to think critically, solve problems, work in teams, and make presentations. PBL develops essential skills to help students succeed in the future, both in school and in today’s work world.

Our project is called “Our World: Through the Eyes of the Children” and it will last about 2 months. Students will learn about life for other children in geographical areas focused on religion, education, and daily family life. The project’s Driving Question, which focuses our work, is “How Can My Life and Your Life Unite the World?” Your child will work in a team, guided by their teacher. The team’s purpose is to experience a paradigm shift, deepen understanding of the world, and find areas of commonality, as they begin to question and learn about people and cultures of the world.

Groups will be required to present their findings through the mediums of creative arts, technology, and oral presentation. At the end of the project students will be prepared to publish their findings at two events. First, oral presentations will be presented on a class by class basis, March 14th and 15th.  Second, the school will host the World Cultures Fair on March 16th, at 6:00 pm.

Students will be assessed individually on their content knowledge, their collaboration skills, and their presentation skills. As parents or guardians, you can support your child’s success, by discussing the project at home, encouraging your child to think hard and ask questions about the topic. Your willingness to engage in the project by helping in the classroom, taking students on field work, providing expertise and donating resources, as per teacher request, will enhance our student experience.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the project!

Sincerely,

Ivy Hall Academy Teachers and Administration