Framework for Project Based Learning at Beta Cambridge School

The aim of project based learning is to enable the students to make an age appropriate sustained and meaningful inquiry. This exercise should develop their skills and further their conceptual knowledge through an in-depth investigation. The project should culminate in the form of a product (material or intangible) that makes a positive contribution towards the immediate or wider community. Above all, the students must, by engaging in this exercise, be able to understand and appreciate the process of learning and take pride in their accomplishments.

The objective of project based learning is to enable the students to understand different aspects of ‘learning by doing’, including evaluation of their own work. The project may be assessed based on how a student goes about the following.

    • Investigation- deciding what the student wants to learn about, identifying what they already know and discovering what you will need to know to complete the project
    • Planning- creating proposals or criteria for their project, planning their time and materials and recording developments of the project
    • Taking Action- making decisions, developing understandings and solving problems, communicating with their supervisor and others and creating a product or developing an outcome
    • Reflecting- evaluating the product/outcome and reflecting on their project and learning.

The role of teachers in project based learning is to supervise the student. Every student must have a dedicated supervisor who will counsel and guide the student in the project(s) undertaken over the academic year. A teacher will supervise a set of students depending on the number of students to be supervised in total. Their task would include the following:

    • Ensure the chosen project topic is based on a concept from one of the subjects being studied and has real life significance. The project must be in line with appropriate legal and ethical standards with regard to health and safety, confidentiality, human rights, animal welfare and environmental issues
    • Provide guidance to students in the process and completion of the project
    • Confirm the authenticity of the work submitted
    • Provide to the student
      1. Action Plan with deadline
      2. Assessment criterion for the project
      3. Recording format for the four stages of the project (objectives)
      4. Explain the importance of Academic Honesty

The pedagogy of projects in the middle school must be based on inquiry driven learning. The project must be based on the objectives mentioned above and must focus on:

    • Concept(s) reinforcement from one or many disciplines
    • Learning skill development – communication, social, self-management, research and thinking
    • Provide a solution in a real life context
    • Allow for a learning process to enable the student to experience learning by doing

The project assessment must take place on the basis of criteria explicitly communicated and explained by the supervisor to the student.

    • Investigating
    • Planning
    • Taking Action
    • Reflecting

The student must produce the following to have the project assessed as per above criteria

    • A record of the process
    • The product
    • A report explaining how the objective were fulfilled

Some example of probable projects (product) for the middle school

    • One act plays (literature, social science, arts)
    • Awareness documentary/digital poster/brochure (IT, science)
    • 3D Printing (IT, science, math)
    • TED talks (literature, social science, science)
    • Hydroponic greenhouse for growing vegetables without soil (science)
    • School-wide recycling program (science, social science)