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CHILDREN LEARN BEST WHEN THEY ENGAGE IN HANDS-ON, EXPERIENCE-BASED LEARNING AND APPLY THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO REAL-WORLD SITUATIONS.




We have a mission here at James Otis Kaler Elementary School:

To Prepare each student for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

How do we achieve that goal?

Through Project Based Learning, an approach that makes Kaler unique among South Portland's elementary schools.


With Project Based Learning, students are guided  through the curriculum by:

a meaningful question to explore an engaging real-world problem to solve a challenge to design or create something








Driven by 21st Century Skills - critical thinking, collaboration, and communication - Project Based Learning (PBL) begins with students digging into the topic by asking questions and developing their own answers. To demonstrate what they learn, students - guided by the teacher - create and present high-quality products, individually and in small teams.

Students at Kaler will have the same curriculum and content as their sister schools, and will continue to have their math block and be directly taught reading and writing skills; however, our teachers have been trained in PBL, which allows them to plan units that integrate a variety of subjects to make learning more meaningful and challenging.