Lynnhaven is for Learners
Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach that places students at the center of their learning experience. It involves tackling real-world questions or challenges that are connected to the curriculum. Gone are the days of old-school projects at the end of a unit! In PBL, the project drives the learning from the very beginning. Its aim is to actively involve students in thought-provoking questions or challenges that demand focused attention and the application of intricate problem-solving abilities.
At Lynnhaven School, our project-based learning environment not only emphasizes subject-specific skills but also cultivates learners' ability to solve problems by integrating cross-curricular lessons. For example, tackling a complex issue like the Richmond Housing Crisis necessitates an understanding of its historical and sociological roots, alongside mathematical and scientific knowledge for developing viable solutions. Effective problem-solving may also involve persuasive writing and public speaking skills to garner support, or technical expertise like computer programming and product engineering for technological solutions. By providing these opportunities, Lynnhaven School equips learners with the critical problem-solving skills needed to thrive!
Lynnhaven School’s project-based learning is based on the Buck Institute for Education’s “High Quality PBL Framework.” To be considered high quality, PBL must
- Be intellectually challenging
- Be authentic
- Be collaborative
- Include project management
- Produce a public product
- Include reflection
PBL looks like...
An estimated 821 million people—one person in nine—suffer from hunger worldwide. In the U.S., the percentage is even higher, at 1 in 5. Students ask, "What are the risks and impacts of a lack of food security in Richmond? How can we help?"
Humans are just 0.1% of all life and yet there isn't an inch on our planet that hasn't been impacted by our presence. In our backyard, students identified invasive plants at Reedy Creek, part of the James River Watershed and developed a budget to carry out the restoration plan.
The world is a much bigger place than we realize. While the internet connects us to people all over the world, it also keeps us locked in silos and special interests. Sometimes exploring current events sparks a bigger conversation and students find themselves in a world they never knew existed.
The Future is Unknown
Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to what our students will see in the world of work during their lifetime. The rapid changes aren't slowing down, in fact they are increasing exponentially! But there are some things that stand the test of time and it's not standardized testing. As students transition out of high school, it is crucial for them to recognize that the realities of work extend far beyond traditional lectures and homework. Work environments often align more closely with a project-based approach, requiring employees to prioritize, manage time efficiently, and meet deadlines. Project-based learning equips students with essential skills, such as:
- Cultivating creative problem-solving abilities
- Understanding the value of collaboration
- Learning to identify the appropriate tools for specific tasks
- Developing independent learning and project management skills
- Utilizing relevant technology for resource exploration, communication, and final product creation.