Project-Based Learning Activities
XCL American School of Bangkok is proud to support the most current and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, especially through Project-Based Learning.
What is Project-Based Learning?
Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered teaching method that promotes hands-on, experiential learning by allowing students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations. It emphasizes group work, fostering effective communication skills and problem-solving abilities. PBL also encourages student choice, empowering them to take ownership of their work. Examples of PBL projects include sustainable garden design, marketing campaigns, and local environmental issue solutions.
The Benefits of Project-Based Learning
Project-based learning is like a puzzle. Students are given the pieces, but they have to figure out how to put them together. In the process, they learn how to think critically, solve problems, and work collaboratively.
Project-Based Learning Across All Grades
XCL American School of Bangkok (XCL ASB) uses project-based learning (PBL) across all grades, from Early Years to High School. PBL is a student-centered teaching method that allows students to explore real-world problems and challenges through hands-on, experiential learning. In PBL, students work in groups to research a topic, develop a solution, and create a product or presentation. PBL has been shown to improve student learning outcomes, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills.
Early Years Project-Based Learning Activities
In Nursery and Kindergarten, students participate in Project-Based learning units in each semester. The Fall PBL units are designed based on student interests and are integrated with all content areas from Literacy and Mathematics to Physical Education and Music. This past year students investigated the 5 Senses, Animal Sounds/Habitats, and Ocean Pollution. Our spring PBL units are themed on the Kindergarten Musical and continue the application of skills and standards.
Elementary School Project-Based Learning Activities
At the Elementary level at XCL American School of Bangkok, homeroom teachers integrate Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and/or Social Studies with the Arts, Design Technology, Physical Education, and other special classes to bring a PBL unit to life. PBL themes in the past have included Animal Habitats, Economics, the Plant Cycle, Children’s Rights, Human Migration, Agriculture, and World Religions.
Middle School Project-Based Learning Activities
Middle School students at XCL American School of Bangkok also experience Project-Based learning in a cross-disciplinary way, which might include integration of Humanities, Mathematics, Science, and/or Social Studies with the Arts, Design Technology, and Physical Education.
High School Project-Based Learning Activities
The PBL approach in High School is centered around one theme for the school year. Students explore this theme through the lens of each one of their courses. In past school years, students have explored the theme of sustainability through Economics, Arts, Geometry, Biology, Physics, History, World Languages, and so many other subjects. Ultimately this diverse exploration sparks a student-driven project for community advocacy, which allows XCL ASB students to support our larger community in Bangkok and Thailand.
Student Project-Based Learning Projects
The Fall PBL Units
Student-driven projects on senses, animals, and ocean pollution.
The Spring PBL Units
The units were themed on the Kindergarten Musical and continue the application of skills and standards.
First Grade PBL
Students researched and documented information and created habitats and informational poster boards that showcased their findings.
Second Grade PBL
The project led to an understanding on how environmental changes affect food supply, especially in urban areas.
Third Grade PBL
XCL ASB third graders learned all about rights children have, how they are violated across the world.
Sixth Grade PBL
Students explored topics of deforestation, air pollution, water pollution, and land pollution.
Seventh Grade PBL
Seventh graders visited sustainable farm to learn about agriculture and conservation.
Eighth Grade PBL
XCL ASB eighth graders learned about food waste and how it impacted the world and how it could be solved.
Ninth Grade PBL
XCL ASB ninth graders worked with a local organization, Paper Rangers to create reusable notebooks from recycled paper.
Tenth Grade PBL
Students learn more about the environmental impact that the waste has created
Eleventh Grade PBL
Students partnered with the Helping Hand Foundation to collect used items for charity. Donations help funded healthcare for the elderly and underprivileged.
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