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The Importance of a Learner-Driven Community at the High School Level

experiential learning, adolescent development

For most adults, thinking about our teenage years brings back powerful and distinct memories--memories of a first job, a first relationship, a significant class where you fell in love with a topic, a tough family situation, an identity crisis.

These memories and experiences from adolescence go on to shape our adult lives in significant ways.

In the same way that your first heartbreak may have taught you a lot about relationships, your high school learning environment shaped the way you tackle challenges, think through tough problems, learn and retain information, ask questions, collaborate...

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What Are The Advantages of Project Based Learning?

student-centered learning, experiential learning

“Project based learning transforms students by inspiring them to think differently about themselves as learners, collaborators, and leaders.” Buck Institute for Education

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Want to Engage Students in Problem Solving?

experiential learning, service learning

Project based learning (PBL) is a dynamic approach that is used both in the classroom and the outside community. Students actively explore real-world problems and challenges, many of their own choosing, in which they engage in an extended investigation that leads to deeper learning competencies.

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Why Schools Need to Change

student-centered learning, experiential learning, future of work

In the early 1800s, the Industrial Revolution did more than just change the way we manufactured products. It changed the way the United States approached education. The thought was that school could prepare students for work in a factory. The emphasis was on teaching skills that were deemed necessary to become positive contributors to an industrialized world.

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Why Cognitive Changes Direct the Way Teens Learn

experiential learning, adolescent development

As educators, we need to understand how the social and emotional changes that occur in adolescents affect the learning experience. The fact that teenagers want much more autonomy over their learning than younger students directly influences the culture of the classroom and teaching. Cognitive growth – changes to the functioning and structure of the brain – is a significant factor in how teens learn.

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