Please take a look at our CAP curriculum which includes: Project Based Learning, M3 (math), and Literary Reflections from the College of William and Mary (ELA).
Project Based Learning
Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.
The 6 A’s of Quality Projects
1. Authenticity - The problem or question is meaningful to the student.
2. Academic Rigor - The driving question is tied to content standards in the Curriculum, and it applies to more than one discipline.
3. Applied Learning - The problem poses a "real world” situation.
4. Active Exploration - Students are involved in real investigations–They are expected to communicate their learning through a presentation.
5. Adult Relationships - Students get to collaborate with adults on the design and development of their project.
6. Assessment- Assessment is explicitly designed to evaluate the students' knowledge of the content.
Project M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds
This math program emphasizes understanding and problem solving. Children need many different math skills. These skills will be taught giving students an understanding of how the skills relate to solving real problems. The focus of math will be understanding the reasons behind the math. Problem solving in real life contexts is integral to this program. The math units in Project M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds Project are based on a problem solving approach to teaching mathematics with a focus on the development of critical and creative thinking skills.
Although all four language arts strands of literature, writing, language study, and oral communication are integrated into this unit for grades 4–5, the core involves students interacting with literature while enhancing reading comprehension and textual analysis skills. The literature selections, including The Secret Garden and Ungifted serve as a basis for discussion.