Last month John O’Brien, Kristin Risburg, Noelle Pezzi and Gigi Cocquio completed a report for an important project — Third Grade Project Based Learning at Hoa ‘Aina O Makaha: Impact on Department of Education Academic Measures.
The Report Summary reads:
The third grade project at the farm during school year 2010-2011 was definitely a success. Both students and teachers in all 4 classrooms enjoyed Wednesdays at the farm and had an opportunity to learn a great deal.
For the one classroom where substantial “academic” gains on existing Department of Education academic measures in mathematics were also realized, an effort was made to identify the teaching strategies and organizational structures that lead to these successes.
It is hoped that these instructional practices and organizational supports can be replicated in other classrooms where teachers and students have opportunities to take part in project-based, hands-on experiences in community settings like the farm at Hoa ‘Aina O Makaha.
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