One of the components of TCA is Project Based Learning:
Project-based learning is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which it is believed that students acquire deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems.We do this in two ways. All project-based learning gives students a voice and choice in the process and product for which they are learning.
Every day our students have:
- K-1-Social Centers-Students learn to develop Play Plans where they use literacy and writing skills and then self regulation as they execute their plans.
- 2-3-STEM Centers-Students still develop Play Plans but this time they are in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to create.
- 4-6-Genius Time-This was an idea taken from the company Apple, where they found that the very best and most innovative ideas came out of unstructured times when their employees just got to create. Our students develop plans, decide on ways they will execute those plans and how they will present their finished products to an audience during Genius Time each day.
Students also work on projects over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engage them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation for a real audience.
As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills. Project Based Learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers.