Project based learning: developing applicable skills in children

30 Sep 2020

The ability to think critically and work with concepts is a major cornerstone of the education that the students at the British School of Sofia receive. It is also a prerequisite of the project based learning, because to gain hands on experience, you’ll have to come up with an understanding of a problem and with a method for solving it. At BSS Plovdiv we do that via the project based learning. What is it and how it works? Let us tell you.

The predominant model of passively learning facts and reciting them out of context is outdated and simply doesn’t work in the reality of the 21st century. Nowadays the students need applicable skills. Many of those are the result of participating in and completing various study projects. Some of the skills that these projects develop are:

  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Researching
  • Time management
  • Soft skills

Usually a project is the culmination of the theme based learning.

For those of you, who still wonder what this beast might be, we’ll quickly explain. At BSS Plovdiv the study load is divided into themes, rather than into subjects. This way the students can get a holistic view of how the different subjects correlate within the frames of a given educational theme.

At the end of each theme, a project is due. It may take wildly different forms: in a group or personal; written or completed via art; digital or physical; and many, many more. The reason behind this is that each student is a respected individual with totally different mind- and skillset. We further develop these interests in the students by encouraging them to express themselves in the best way they can during the participation in projects.

You are extremely good in extended writing but math is totally not your thing? We won’t force you to prove your point with equations. Write it down! Show the world what a wizard you are with the words. Or maybe you thrive best with the palette and brushes by your side? Then show us in colour what you learned in school. You can even use programming in order to show off that you understood the educational theme and that you learned something.

Of course, as in every project, you’ll need to present it. This, further develops a kaleidoscope of skills, like oration, communication, negotiations, etc. etc.

So, why wait? Contact us and arrange a meeting, so together we can discuss the best way for your children to personally experience the British education!



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