Project Based Learning and Project Based Assessment Approach (Grades 4-12)
Dear Respected Parent,
I hope you all had an exciting and energizing summer. I am writing to inform you that AIS will implement the Project Based Learning or PBL and Project Based Assessment or PBA this academic year as part of our continuous assessment (see Assessment Breakdown) to improve students learning and enhance their overall academic performance and achievements. This approach will be implemented throughout the school system to encourage students to pursue a creative interest in real life activities and enhance their lifelong learning skills.
It is important to emphasise that PBL will provide better opportunities for our students to enrich their learning abilities. Research has shown that project based learning motivates students to gain knowledge, and they remember it longer. Projects give students the chance to apply the skills they learn in school and relate them to real-world situations. In AIS, your child will be given the opportunity to learn skills in PBL such as how to think critically, solve problems, work in teams, and make presentations. These skills will help students succeed in the future, both in school and in today’s work world.
Over the last 10 years we have seen that the trend in education has been gaining momentum that suggests the role of the teacher ought to shift away from the traditional model where the teacher stands in the front of the classroom to dispense knowledge through lectures, and the students sit to consume the information. Instead of being the “learned scholar on the stage” as some pedagogical experts maintain, teachers increasingly ought to play the role of the “guide on the side.”
In project based learning approach, the students play a much more active role in how the content and knowledge is acquired. On the other hand, teachers are encourage to provide resources, ask questions, and suggest projects for students to explore their content. In a nutshell, AIS is creating a learning environment that focuses on student-centered approach rather than a teacher-centered.
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Finally, our students will be assessed individually/group (depending on the subject matter) on their content knowledge, their collaboration, creative, critical thinking, and their presentation skills. Please visit the school website to gain more insight about PBL and PBA and the rubrics we will use to guide and assess students’ work. You may find these helpful in understanding what we are asking students to do, and supporting your child during the project. As parents or guardians, you can discuss the project at home, encouraging your child to think hard and ask questions about the topic. You can also support PBL and PBA by[helping your child, providing useful advise, encouragement, providing resources, etc.].
We are truly excited to begin a new era that focuses on every child’s individual growth and academic performance and achievements. In AIS, we believe that parents and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Academic Director if you have any questions about PBL and PBA.
Mr. Farouq Al Harah