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September 2002 | Volume 60 | Number 1
Do Students Care About Learning?
Teachers, principals, and parents have seen how project-based learning can spark student excitement. Here are some of the stories they have shared with the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
Twelve-year-old Ricky spent his elementary years at Newsome Park Elementary School, a Newport News, Virginia, magnet school that emphasizes project-based instruction. A year after he was promoted to middle school, Ricky can still recount in detail the projects he completed at Newsome Park, including one of his favorites—Red, White, and Blue Architecture.
Under the guidance of 5th grade teacher Ruth Kavanaugh, Ricky and the other students in Kavanaugh's class completed a project combining social studies with architecture, a subject that had captured their interest when they saw a 1st grade class project on home construction. They conducted research on the Internet, read books, and consulted experts to learn about the memorials in Washington, D.C., and the American heroes for whom the memorials were built—Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt, among others. Using a software publishing program, the students then produced a book about their findings.
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Copyright © 2002 by Diane Curtis
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