Content knowledge and conceptual knowledge by themselves are not enough in today’s world. To prepare children for their future, that is to succeed at university, in a modern workplace and in their lives generally, they will have to learn how to think critically and solve problems, work well with others and manage themselves effectively and independently. We call these competencies 21st Century Skills and they are critical stepping stones to future success.
Project Based Learning begins with a problem that has to be investigated and solved. If the problem is engaging, in other words, an authentic problem, then the learning will be more meaningful to kids. It matters to them.
Children seek information and investigate using a more in-depth process than what they would traditionally use. They have a say in the project and this creates a sense ownership and responsibility.
“Yummy Tummies” aligned its main content work with Common Core Standards. For Literacy, children learned how to write reviews and persuasive writing. In Math, they learned to collect, sort and graph information.
They have been working a great deal in understanding nutrition, where food comes from and how the food industry impacts our planet.