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Project Based Learning

The Continued Quest for Differentiation: Blending Independent Study with Project Based Learning

As previously discussed, there is a growing number of charter schools in California. As educational options continue to multiply, the K-12 school market has become highly competitive, even amongst traditional school districts. Charter schools and traditional schools are forced to improve their programs as families have more options to choose from than ever before.
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Project Based Learning

A Hands on Experience with Project Based Learning

Project based learning is fast becoming the most sought after type of program for students to participate in. As a parent, it is important to me that my daughter is engaged and actively learning each day. By using hands on experiences and projects to teach, my daughter is able to get excited about a project because she has either chosen something that she has an interest in or because she can actually decide what the topic or theme of the project will be.
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Why Choose a Charter School For Your Child?

 As the school choice movement grows in popularity across the country, parents are provided with increasingly more options when it comes to their children's education. Gone are the days when school choice meant deciding between the neighborhood public school and the often unaffordable local private school. Today, parents are considering a variety of schooling options, including charter schools, homeschooling, magnet schools, online schools, private schools, and traditional public schools. The school choice movement hasn't been without its critics, though, and the opponents of charter schools have been particularly vocal. These critics often accuse chart er schools of taking much-needed resources--- and students-- from traditional neighborhood schools. Yet, parents are still choosing to enroll their children in charter schools every day and the number of new charters across the country continues to grow. What is it about these publicly funded independent schools that attract parents and students alike? Below we will consider the benefits of charter schools:
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Project Based Learning

Hidden Surprises of Project Based Learning

Working in a project based learning environment may be challenging for teachers.  Its a scary place.  The difference between a traditional school model and project-based model is simple: control.  Teachers often hear the word control as a good thing.  If a teacher has strong classroom management skills, they are considered in “control” of a classroom.  With project-based learning the key word is engagement, and not control.  If students are engaged in the classroom, project, assignment, there is no need to “control them”.  
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Project-Based Learning: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in Students

Years of outdated thinking has created an ideal of "proper" education in most of our minds-we imagine a quiet, orderly classroom where all the students are sitting in rows at separate desks, listening and memorizing the day's lessons. It is astounding that even with modern advances in psychology and child development, this ideal classroom is still the standard for many schools across the country. Students cannot flourish when they are forced to learn at the same pace, applying the same skills to solve problems, and never using their own creativity to find innovative approaches. Project-based learning (PBL) creates a learning environment that fosters creativity and teamwork, and teaches children to use the tools at their disposal to find innovative solutions to problems that are always changing. PBL is beneficial to students in many ways :
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Extending K-12 Education Outside The Classroom

Motivating Students With Service Learning Projects In the spring of 2012 I was trying to motivate my freshman and sophomore English classes to do a bit more work outside of the classroom. Homework was a constant struggle, projects up until that point had been less about quality and more about the “grade” attached, and the drive to be intrinsically motivated was scarce. As a first year teacher, I was attempting to juggle all of the first year woes along with opening a new school and using project based learning as my core curriculum. Needless to say I was often at a loss with how to have my students feel motivated to do much of anything unless it was attached to a grade. Enter - Kony 2012.
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Online Learning

Delivering Project Based Learning in an Independent Study School

When I tell other teachers I’m a project-based teacher for an independent study school, I get strange looks. Yet, I knew what I was getting myself into.  I knew working for a new school would come with challenges laden with wonderings of making the right call.  I loved the possibility of everything being brand new.  In a field when many teachers are focused on keeping the status quo, I embrace change and the “new”.  New school. New challenges.  New problems to solve.  There was one major problem to solve. How do you combine two models of education that are virtually on opposite ends of the educational setting spectrum?
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My Experience at the Science Fair

We just had an amazing science fair down at Method Schools. It was really fun elementary and middle school kids worked really hard on the their projects. Mine was about  how the moon affects the tides my dad helped me with the research and decorating my board it was fun learning about the moon and the tides.
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E-Learning

Reinforcement of Concepts Through Engaging Application

Traditional approaches are challenged more than ever as school choice increases and educational theories are diversified. From online learning to flexible scheduling, students today are reaping the benefits of increasingly creative options for schooling.  Continued research, technological advances, and overcrowding of traditional public schools are generating unique models that rival anything I experienced as a K-12 grade student. I can remember endless hours of sitting at my desk and listening to a variety of teachers lecture material for the course. This singular modality would only be interrupted with an occasional test that would assess how well I retained the content they delivered to me. As I entered community college, I soon realized that I retained very little content from this singular approach.
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E-Learning

Innovation and Charter Schools: Beyond the Buzzword

Innovation is a highly used word these days with the many technological advances and along with those, 21st century skills. Innovation is known as a new idea, more effective device or process, or as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, inarticulated needs, or existing market needs. Innovation is seen in almost all industries and many claim to be leaders in innovation. Many charter schools have broken down some traditional barriers to true achieve innovation, but many continue to simply mimic others or offer online courses and claim to be innovative.
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