Applied Project-Based Learning
In a project-based instruction model, students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student "voice and choice," rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations. All of this is being facilitated by a CTE certified instructor with an eye on core academic and business/industry standards. Students learn in the context of; what am I learning?, why am I learning this?, and how will I apply what I’ve learned?
Anatomy & Physiology: Recently, with the help of a $30,000 grant from OSPI, this CTE Health Sciences course became much more "hands-on" with the purchase of an Anatomy in Clay Learning System for each of the three comprehensive high schools.
Instructor, Natalie Kolzynski, sums up the value of applied learning: "The kinesthetic learning is a great supplement to all of the other curricular tools we use in Anatomy and it's wonderful for the students because it's unlike anything they use in other
It's a difficult subject with lots of memorization and this allows students to soak in the learning by actually creating parts of the human body."