By Ryan Carlson
What does project based learning look like from a student’s point of view?
I think Hillside is completely different from any other school around because of our project based learning approach. Sitting in a classroom is quite boring for any student. Trust me, I know that my peers enjoy putting their learning to a good use in the classroom by making projects to put in our Expos. Who wants to sit through an hour long class learning about some deceased explorer when you can build a model of their boat and create maps of their journey to show the whole school in the Expo!
One of the aspects of project based learning that I really struggle with is working in groups. You don’t always get to work with people you work well with, and maybe you just don’t work well with groups at all, but it’s a chance to develop 21st century skills. You could be trying to compromise your ideas forever and not get anywhere, but after working in many groups, you start to get the hang of it.
Project based learning makes every subject more fun every day and students love it. My friend Kylea Gilreath says “I like how it’s so hands-on and you’re not bored while you learn, but you’re excited to learn.” I agree that kids are very excited to learn here and don’t mourn it the day before. I think I speak for everyone when I say hillside is a phenomenal school, and everyone loves project based learning.