As a framework for instruction, UCP Charter School classrooms use a project-based learning model. Children are motivated to learn best when they are active learners immersed in projects that address their passions and interests.
The project approach to learning engages children in purposeful work and supports higher level thinking tied to Common Core and collaboration of all students.
Evidence supports the use of project-based learning as a highly motivating way for all students to synthesize what they are learning as well as to identify gaps in their knowledge that need to be filled*. Students learn best with hands-on activities*. Additionally, this approach fosters essential 21st Century skills including critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.
*Work Cited: Alper & Raharinirina, 2006; Jackson, 2009; Puckett, 2004 | Callaghan & Madelaine, 2012; Irwin et al., 2012 | Catterall, 2009; Deasy, 2002 | Filippatou & Kaldi, 2010 | Frey 2009 | Hillier, Greher, Poto, & Dougherty, 2012