Project Based Learning @ Bethania
Walking into one of our Learning Spaces, you’ll quickly realise that it’s very different, gone are the days of desks and chairs in a row, chalk board at the front of the room, dependence on snail mail to exchange ideas.
Today, they’re replaced with real world experiences and collaboration happening right in the palm of our student’s hands, and with that comes a great opportunity for a different kind of teacher – led instruction – one that is actually not teacher-led, but instead is teacher-facilitated. It’s called ‘project based learning,’ or PBL. Though PBL has been around since the early 20th century, our teachers today, are finding it a very useful tool in their ever growing tool kit.
PBL expands on the popular educational theory that students learn best by experiencing real world problems and working together to find solutions. It’s giving our students a chance to critically & creatively think, and develop the problem solving skills needed as soon as they walk out the door into the real world.
Teachers are able to give students an authentic real world problem/ challenge that drives the learning. So teachers will never hear ‘Why do I need to know this?’ Students work together and solve a problem, by applying the knowledge that they learn along the way. The project may take days, weeks even months as they encounter and overcome challenges, by designing and redesigning their solutions.
Don’t get me wrong, PBL at Bethania definitely isn’t slapped together. Teachers attend professional development sessions, collaboration takes place. It’s very carefully scaffolded includes multiple subjects and assessed accordingly.
Research indicates that students involved with project based learning
- Become more engaged, self directed learners
- Learn more deeply and can transfer their learning to new situations
- Improve problem solving and collaboration skills
Project Based Learning is a way to reach all students and get them engaged to work towards a creative goal.
Bethania Lutheran School – Educating differently.
National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy
NAPLAN is an annual formal assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 in Australian schools. The tests assess skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through school curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or fail test, but rather shows how students are progressing in the areas tested against national standards for all Australian students.
All Year 3 & 5 students at BLS are working hard with preparation activities to ensure that they are well equipped to do their best during the testing days.
QCAA - Queensland Curriculum Assessment & Authority have proudly agreed for BLS students to undertake NAPLAN in our Agile Learning Spaces. Students can sit on bean bags, exercise balls even lay on the floor, however and where ever they feel comfortable, allowing them to feel at ease, in what may be a stressful time / situation for them.
How can you help at home?
Whilst our teachers are currently working through test preparation with students, it is important as parents that you also give your child the tools that they need to take these tests successfully.
- Be calm and encourage your child to see NAPLAN as just another test, not unlike those that they sit at another time here at school.
- Support them by providing a healthy breakfast
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Encouragement to try their best
- Arrive to school on time
The results of each NAPLAN assessment shows achievement for one test on the one day – our end of semester report cards and parent/teacher interviews give far more detailed information about your child’s progress and how well they work at school