The core idea behind project-based learning is that real-world problems capture students’ interests and provoke serious thinking as the students acquire and apply new knowledge in a problem-solving context. Project-based learning creates opportunities for groups of students to investigate meaningful questions that require them to gather information and think critically. The teacher plays the role of facilitator, working with students to frame worthwhile questions, structuring meaningful tasks, coaching both knowledge development and social skills, and carefully assessing what students have learned from the experience.
Focus on the Learner and the Learner’s Culture
As a Baltimore City Charter School, Monarch Academy provides a culturally responsive classroom through:
Teaching children to strengthen their thinking skills for finding the main idea of what they are reading.
- Incorporating aspects of our students’ languages, cultures, and daily experience so they can bridge the cultures of home and school.
- Using technology for instruction and for demonstrating learning.
- Providing opportunities for small-group work.
- Providing strategies that allow students to “think aloud” and to process their thinking together to make meaning.
- Universal Design Learning
- Creating flexible goals, methods and assessments that accommodate learner differences to account for the fact that each child’s brain processes information differently.
Universal Design Learning
Creating flexible goals, methods and assessments that accommodate learner differences to account for the fact that each child’s brain processes information differently.
Brain-based education assures that the whole brain is engaged during the instruction period through having it process through information it knows, gathering what it needs to know, processing what it learns from engaging in a problem it needs to solve, and then trying to apply its new learned knowledge to a different situation or context.
Integrating Character Education
Character education is taught by teaching students about honesty, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, equality and respect as these values play out in the subjects they are learning. They also learn how to solve problems in a morally responsible way through the problem solving, conflict resolution and decision making approaches taught.
Integrating the Arts in Lesson Planning
Arts are infused in lessons to help students understand how music develops regionally or internationally to compliment a culture or a time in history, how fashion reflects history and politics, and how art, theater, dance and music reflects life, and the impact of the times on art, theater, dance and music.