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Principal’s Message - Project-Based Learning: An Introduction
Parents, remember making dioramas, mobiles, and other projects in school? I will never forget the cardboard model of a medieval castle I made after studying the Middle Ages in 7th grade. (It had a moat and a working drawbridge!) It’’s fair to say that for most of us, projects are some of the most memorable parts of school.
Over the last two years, our staff has been working tirelessly to bring Project-Based Learning (PBL) to the Crittenden experience. You’ve seen the results of these efforts through our various exhibitions such as the Shark Tank and the Google PBL Exhibition. In contrast to traditional projects that come at the end of a unit and simply assess what the students have learned, PBL requires that students learn by doing - the project is the unit. To use a food analogy, PBL makes the project the main course, rather than simply the dessert.
The PBL approach links beautifully to our mission, Graduate Profile Traits, Common Core, and 21st Century Skills. It is an authentic representation of assignments in the workplace. It teaches students to organize their work and timelines. It requires them to be resilient in the face of mistakes. It emphasizes student voice and choice. It requires students to think creatively and critically. It requires effective communication between group members and the audience. It inspires and empower not only our students, but our staff as well!
To learn more about PBL, check out this video from the Teaching Channel. Next week on the blog: The Elements of PBL.
Eat at Chevy’s: January 15
From 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., present this flyer, and Chevy’s will donate 20% of your bill to Crittenden. Make copies for your friends and family and encourage them to go. Better yet, make it a friends and family night out! Thank you in advance for your support.
Save the Dates
Startup Weekend Youth--Mountain View, February 27-March 1. Registration in early February.
Panther Prowl Walkathon, March 6. You can donate now by clicking here. Please share this link!
District Facilities Committee
The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking qualified and interested persons to serve on a committee of community leaders, which will serve as the District Facilities Committee (DFC) to provide input and recommendations regarding the District facilities master plan for the elementary school campuses. Interested individuals must submit an application by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 to:
District Facilities Committee
Mountain View Whisman School District
750-A San Pierre Way
Mountain View, CA 94043
A complete copy of the application is available at http://www.mvwsd.org/facilities. Representatives from PTA, School Site Council (SSC), or English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) are encouraged to apply. Please direct any questions to Kathi Lilga at 650-526-3552.
SELPA I CAC will be hosting a talk about skills that are fostered and developed in middle school: independence, self advocacy, academic knowledge, interpersonal skills, and executive functioning. The speaker will be Nicole Gonzales, LASD program specialist, formerly the middle school social cog program teacher.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – 7 to 9 pm at Covington Elementary School Library, 205 Covington, Los Altos. For more information, see www.selpa1cac.org.