R-5 High School Present First Project Based Learning Showcase

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A Grand Valley school showcased its first Project Based Learning system of the year.

Administrative staff, teachers, parents, and other students were invited to R-5 High School today, to see what the students learned about water. In fact, these R-5 students spent 20 days researching a water theme, before presenting their findings. Social Studies teacher, David Edwards, taught the first project and explained, “we had some projects doing quantity, some talking about quality, [and] some talking about habitat and uses.” Michelle Padilla explained about her project of going, “to one of [her] teacher’s houses, Mr. Edwards, and installed an actual grey water system that recycles the water from a washer.”

Officials say Project Based Learning is unique to the school, and this morning, teachers explained how the program is helping to shape R-5 students in their own way. Project Based Learning is also a way to carry out Performance Based Learning, which was introduced last year. Future project themes will focus on wildfires and gardening. Students will also be able to utilize the new garden bed being installed at the school.

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