When information and knowledge can come from anywhere, we now have the opportunity to help students develop student’s foundational skills and core competencies that will help them use and understand the information that is accessible to them.
That means spaces to do that. Spaces that allow for small group collaboration, for large group presentations, for rooms to build, design, and create; for hallways, tables, and room to communicate with experts, peers, and mentors; for comfortable spots to sit and work on a laptop or a tablet, or to connect and discuss with a teacher, friend, or visitor in the school.
It is a school where students are treated like professionals—professional learners that is. Work spaces that respect, invite, and nurture curiosity, creativity, and beauty that will be reflected in student “work” and in their learning.
PBL is pedagogical approach to teaching and learning (how we learn). It is clear that the 21st Century world is very different than the 20th Century (which is what most of our current buildings are designed to serve). The 21st Century requires our graduates to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, collaborators, effective communicators, global citizens, and creative—in short—an Innovative Era as opposed to a Knowledge-Based Era (which was where we were in the 80’s and 90’s). Since our shared vision is to prepare our students to Shape God’s World in an Innovative Era, we believe we need to be innovators ourselves as we change how we educate. PBL is an innovative tool that brings us closer to our mission. Think Real World, Real Need, Real Audience.