Innovations through project based learning have resulted in students knowing more than most students their age in science, and going beyond the textbook.
Thanks to Compass, a project based learning model used in select Kindergarten to third grade classes, students are learning at an advanced rate. The program was conceived by teacher Sherree Schulson , who teaches a combined second and third grade class, and fellow teacher Randy Bitton. Now in its third year, the program is an innovative approach to classroom instruction.
There are approximately 20 innovative programs in the school district, and the project based learning model is one that is also used in a Kindergarten class, a second grade class, and a first grade class. The program will expand next year.
“We started off with insects in general,” said Schulson. “Every child in our class wrote a fractured fairy tale based on Cinderella. The insect and the country they studied had to be a part of the book. It was a very interesting project; the students loved it.”
Students showed off the best of Compass at a recent event, displaying a giant beehive, all made from recycled materials. They also included bee diagrams, audio files, and reports prepared by students.