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Project Based Learning at Stevenson

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a way for students to investigate a complex problem or question through integrated curriculum.  The outcome of these multi-week projects will be a product that has gone through multiple revisions and is presented to an authentic audience.

Since inception, Stevenson PACT has embraced principles of PBL, and has integrated elements of PBL in teaching practice.  A multi-year initiative was launched in 2013 to formalize PBL as a core part of our curriculum and to undertake extensive professional development for our teachers in this teaching practice.

Porquoi Tale Cover Art2nd Grade - Porquoi Tale Project

The photo included here is the cover art to a Porquoi Tale written by a second grader. Through this project, students studied this particular genre of writing and wrote their own tales, incorporating scientific facts about the creatures in their stories that aligned with their science unit and the study of the natural world around them. After multiple revisions of their writing, they created original artwork using hand-made collages inspired by Eric Carle. Finally, they put it all together by narrating their own stories in short videos. Click the photo to listen to this one tale.

How Project Based Learning is Defined

The Buck Institute for Education defines PBL as a process where, "Students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student "voice and choice," rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations."