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Articles About project-based learning

  • Mills Lawn fourth-graders eye affordable housing via PBL

    The fourth graders in Shannon Wilson’s class at Mills Lawn are tackling the issue of affordable housing in the village as a year-long Project-based Learning unit. They met with members and supporters of Home, Inc. just before the winter break to learn about the nonprofit’s work and to share their research. Above, Trevor Roberts and Jonah Simon engage Home, Inc. Executive Director Emily Seibel, while Ryan Thomas confers with a peer in the background. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    Finding an affordable place to live in Yellow Springs can be a challenge. That’s a conclusion reached by Mills Lawn fourth graders as part of a project-based learning unit.

  • School board meeting— State report card discussed

    While Yellow Springs received mixed grades on the 2016–2017 Ohio school report card, district leaders remain skeptical that the report card system delivers meaningful data about local schools.

  • Projecting their knowledge

    Sumaya Chappelle presents a PBL project on garbage to teachers, parents and peers. (Photos by Matt Minde)

    Students of McKinney Middle School and Yellow Springs High School held their annual Fall Exposition Night Monday evening, Nov. 19, showcasing end results or intermediate stages of many PBL projects.

  • School board — Mills Lawn ends ILE program

    The longstanding Interest Learning Education Program, or ILE, at Mills Lawn, which arose out of former gifted programming at the elementary school, will be discontinued with the start of the new academic year, according to Superintendent Mario Basora.

  • Walk on water

    Forty-four second-graders walked 3.7 miles over two days to simulate the average walk that many women and children in developing countries must make on a daily basis to get water for everyday needs. (Photo by Robert Hasek)

    As part of their spring PBL, Mills Lawn School second-graders are studying water. They walked 3.7 miles over two days to simulate the average walk many must make around the world on a daily basis to get water.

  • Yellow Springs school board— Early success on 2020 plan?

    It’s only 2017, but the 2020 strategic plan for Yellow Springs schools is — with a few key exceptions — mostly accomplished.

  • Rollerball

    Above, from left, Nick Meister, Tyee Meeks and Ayla Arnold play soccer in sports wheelchairs brought over to the school from the Wright State Office of Recreation. (Photo by Robert Hasek)

    Mills Lawn Elementary fourth-grade students participated in the “Wheelchair Experience,” a project-based learning curriculum designed to help students understand accessibility issues.

  • Yellow Springs School Board— Group to create mediation protocol for PBL

    The Yellow Springs High School’s Student Relations Board, a group of students and teachers, will be reconfiguring the project-based learning, or PBL, contracts signed by students in each class, with the intent of developing a mediation protocol for how the PBL teams deal with conflict.

  • School board— Eighth graders may travel to NYC

    Thanks in part to the success of the seventh-grade “Into the Wild” trip, McKinney Middle School teachers are seeking to enlarge the scope of the annual eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., scheduled to depart on May 4.

  • McKinney students go ‘Into the Wild’ to bike, learn, bond

    McKinney Middle School students and staff led groups of students on a 53-mile bike ride last week as part of the “Into the Wild” immersive learning field trip. Students biked, canoed and camped their way from Yellow Springs to Loveland, learning about the Little Miami watershed and the Underground Railroad in the process. (Photos by Dylan Taylor-Lehman)

    Last week, approximately 65 students left the hallowed halls of McKinney Middle School on a 53-mile bike trip over three days as part of “Into the Wild,” a project-based learning (PBL) excursion.

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