People often ask, “What makes Cambridgeport unique?” There are many different things that make Cambridgeport a special place. One that stands out to many students is Project Based Learning. While Project Based Learning has been at the heart of the Cambridgeport approach since our founding in 1991, our approach to projects has evolved over the past 20 years. In a recent meeting of the Instructional Leadership Team at Cambridgeport, we defined a project in this way:
Project based learning is:
- A journey undertaken taken by a group of people with a particular purpose.
- A process that is leading to and culminates with a meaningful product or substantial body of work.
- The process includes higher-level thinking, and fuses or incorporates thinking on multiple levels. This can be integrating multiple subjects, and/OR it can be integrating Literacy with Technology or Math with writing, etc. It does not need to be a full interdisciplinary project (where all or most subjects are incorporated).
- There is an authentic audience and purpose for the work and it is shared with others.
Project based learning is not:
- A series of discreet skills
- An assignment
View examples of project-based learning by clicking on the links below:
Is it alive? First graders study what it means to be a living thing.
Slow as Molasses...May Not Always be True!
Designing the Ideal Middle School Classrooms (3rd/4th Grade)
Habitats in Science (3rd/4th Grade)