Project-Based Learning at the French American Academy
The French American Academy fosters a Project Based Pedagogy to help children become active students who take ownership of their learning.
Why do we believe in Project Based Pedagogy ?
- It improves understanding and retention of content
- It increases motivation for all students who learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.
- It develops a creative and analytical thinking mindset
This approach is regularly used because it develops another, more intuitive, way of learning things. As much as we want our students to be academically sharp, we also need them to take action, to embrace innovation and enjoy discovering by walking the path, not only talking the path. Project-based learning allows this. It’s a hands-on approach that fosters active learning, as opposed to paper learning.
We use this tool to engage students in interdisciplinary projects, creating an effective and enjoyable way to learn.
A Real-Life Example of Project Learning.
In March, we used Project-based learning in Kindergarten, to help students memorize the number 100 and understand its meaning. Indeed, March 1rst marked the one-hundredth day of school. Kindergarteners celebrated this milestone by dedicating the whole day to special activities revolving around the number 100. A Harry Potter One Hundred Treasure Hunt took place along with fun games to exercise the children’s knowledge of a hundred.
Learn More About Project-Based Learning
According to Wikipedia, “Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which it is believed that students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems.” Read the full Wikipedia article here