It’s no longer enough just to “know stuff” or to master the fundamental skills of reading
and writing of course, that’s still vitally important, but of equal importance is owning a
set of complex skills that go beyond straight facts, skills that are necessary to succeed
in today’s world: teamwork, critical thinking, communication, decision-making, etc.
That’s the primary benefit of project-based learning. It combines traditional classroom
knowledge with real-world expertise and skills to better prepare students for success.
Placed-based education is the process of using the local community and environment
as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies,
science, and other subjects across the curriculum. The findings of experts such as David Sobel
are clear: place-based education fosters
students' connection to place and creates vibrant partnerships between schools and
communities. It boosts student achievement and improves environmental, social, and