Why project-based learning?
Project-based learning, or independent study units (ISU), is a teaching method where students gain and apply skills by working on a month-long project. They complete an in-depth inquiry into a specific topic or question. Like all teaching methods, it’s not a stand-alone methodology. Project-based learning is added to explicit teaching of essential curricular concepts. At A21 Academy, the ISU allows for real-world application and in-depth understanding of core concepts students need to succeed in the 21st Century.
What are the benefits for students?
,Independent study units are exciting for students. Students become highly engaged and tend to voluntarily do extra research and activities for their project at home. Student interest equals engagement, which will raise achievement scores, and improve retention without boring test prep. In the long run, ISUs help students practice life skills like creating a budget, time management, organization, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills.
What are the long-term benefits?
During the ISU, students work to investigate the concepts by making their own choices. Once teachers have set the parameters of the ISU, the students do the work independently. This is a wonderful way to introduce students to life-long enjoyment of self-directed learning. It simulates their creativity and ingenuity needed in their future careers.
It's all about confidence....
When a student experiences solving real world problems this early in life, they become keenly aware that if they can perform this well as a student, they can also do this well as an adult. Many of our students have re-evaluated and set higher quality of life standards for themselves simply because their self-assessed confidence is so much higher.
Project-based makes A21 an amazing educational option!
The independent study unit rests at the heart of A21 Academy. It's what makes us different and far superior to the basic teaching strategies found in most other schools. Our students graduate with skills that every employer is hungry for in an employee and every entrepreneur requires to find success.