Project-based Learning

Calvert’s approach to Project-based learning addresses the core principles of How People Learn, the National Research Council’s landmark study, based on considerable research. Special attention is made to experiential and active “doing”, creative problem-solving and having students showcase their mastery with creative expression. All projects have clear learning objectives, rubrics for teachers and students, and are aligned to standards.

Calvert’s framework for Project-based learning is called PLUS. It actively engages students in PROJECTS that allow them to apply what they LEARN, USE it in practical and meaningful ways, and then SHOW it to demonstrate mastery and build confidence.

PLUS STANDS FOR: P=Project Based Learning is: Inquiry -based, fun, engaging and collaborative. L= Learning that is Active, experiential engages the senses and encourages creative problem solving skills. S= Show Students Present their work which helps reinforce material and showcases meaningful understanding. U= Use for Mastery. Assessments, Lessons and tests are standards based and include opportunities for immediate feedback and TEIs

The PLUS framework is central to Calvert’s Curriculum, woven into lessons and presented to students in fun engaging ways.

For example:
In a Grade 1 English Language Arts unit, students will create their own story about “The Best Day Ever” as they begin to learn the elements of plot, setting, and character in literature.

Grade 1 ELA project

In Grade 3 Social Studies, they’ll develop a plan to “Start Your Very Own Business” – reinforcing the basics of making and managing money.

Grade 3 Start your own business project

In Calvert’s Grade 8 Science lesson, What is Energy?, they’ll develop an Energy Conservation Plan for your home by analyzing your energy bills and conducting their own research. So in the process of learning about potential and kinetic energy, your student may also be able to help you cut your bill and save the planet.

Grade 8 Science Project on Energy Conservation