Project Based Learning

Boise High

Our goals include: to foster citizenship in our community; tie the campus together on a thematic topic; engage students in interdisciplinary approaches to real-world issues; nurture project-based learning opportunities; develop and showcase our students’ leadership and project management skills; provide staff development in technology and literacy training; organize a centralized, and provide a clearly articulated focus for all of our Summit.

Why we believe in Cross Curricular Projects at Boise High- 

In general Project Based Learning (PBL) provides opportunities for students to learn deep content knowledge and 21st century skills. Boise High Cross Curricular projects allow for student voice and choice, are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to connect rigorous academic content to 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking) through student development of high quality, authentic products and presentations. Simply click on an above tab to see the various projects at Boise High. Since projects are collaborative and vary in scope there is ample room for teachers and their student interact with the project through through their particular content lens. 

21st Century Skills *

·         CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS -refer to students being able to analyze complete  problems,  investigate questions for which there are no clear cut answers, evaluate different points  of view or sources of information, and draw appropriate conclusions based on evidence  and reasoning

·         COLLABORATION SKILLS- refer to students being able to work together to solve  problems or answer questions, to work effectively and respectfully in teams to  accomplish a common goal and to assume shared responsibility for completing a task

·         COMMUNICATION SKILLS -refer to students being able to organize their thoughts, data  and findings and share these effectively through a variety of media, as well as orally and  in writing

·         CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION SKILLS- refer to students being able to generate and  refine solutions to complex problems or tasks based on synthesis, analysis and then  combining or presenting what they have learned in new and original ways

·         DIRECTION SKILLS- refer to students being able to take responsibility for their  learning by identifying topics to pursue and processes for their own learning, and being  able to review their own work and respond to feedback

·         GLOBAL CONNECTIONS- refers to students being able to understand global, geo political  issues including awareness of geography, culture, language, history, and literature from  other countries

·          LOCAL CONNECTIONS -refers to students being able to apply what they have learned to  local context  and community issues

·         USING TECHNOLOGY AS A TOOL FOR LEARNING- refers to students being able to manage  their learning and produce products using appropriate information and communication  technologies 

Our concept of 21st century teaching practices and skills is based on the William and Flora  Hewlett Foundation (2010) concept of “deeper learning” and “student  centered pedagogies” that  include Models of teaching and learning that are project  based, collaborative, foster  knowledge building, require self-regulation and assessment, and are both  personalized (allowing for student choice and relevance to the individual student)  and individualized (allowing students to work at their own pace and according to  their particular learning needs). Each of these elements has a strong base of prior  research linking it to positive outcomes for students in terms of development of  21st  century skills; see, for  example, Bransford, Brown,    Cocking, 1999; Darling   Hammond et al., 2008.)” (In Shear, Novais, Means, Gallagher Langworthy, 2010,  p. 3)