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St. Paul American School Hanoi continues to give students a sense of what it means to engage in math and science for a successful future, and we promote the importance of a well-rounded education in the STEM fields (science, technology, arts, engineering and math). We recognize the importance of these integrated concepts and courses for application to real-life situations. We want our students to find creative solutions to real-world problems that result in project-based learning. This is why we encourage art education as well because of the link in has to design. After all, art is an essential part of innovation and building models and simulations. We purposefully engage students in robotics education and competitions so that they improve their design and programming and realize the importance of teamwork and competition as it relates to their future career fields.

We want our students to understand how STEAM connects to the real world. Our aim is to give students an interdisciplinary education in a rigorous learning environment, and we strongly believe that STEAM is the right way to provide direction to our students to achieve our vision. We will continue to develop the science and math skills of our students while recognizing the need to integrate information technology, engineering and artistic computer-aided design. We will always promote science and math to the Advanced Placement level, but we are excited to get our students to think about their future as it relates to career fields linked to these areas. A program like STEAM even allows for all subjects areas to integrate teaching and learning so that students understand how courses are linked to provide a solid education.

 

WHAT IS PROJECT BASED LEARNING?

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem or challenge

  • Key Knowledge, Understanding, and Success Skills - The project is focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, and self-management. 
  • Challenging Problem or Question - The project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve or a question to answer, at the appropriate level of challenge.
  • Sustained Inquiry - Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, finding resources, and applying information.
  • Authenticity - The project features real-world context, tasks and tools, quality standards, or impact – or speaks to students’ personal concerns, interests, and issues in their lives.
  • Student Voice & Choice - Students make some decisions about the project, including how they work and what they create.
  • Reflection - Students and teachers reflect on learning, the effectiveness of their inquiry and project activities, the quality of student work, obstacles and how to overcome them.
  • Critique & Revision - Students give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products.
  • Public Product - Students make their project work public by explaining, displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom.

WHY PROJECT BASED LEARNING?

  • PBL makes school more engaging for students. Today’s students, more than ever, often find school to be boring and meaningless. In PBL, students are active, not passive; a project engages their hearts and minds, and provides real-world relevance for learning.
  • PBL improves learning. After completing a project, students understand content more deeply, remember what they learn and retain it longer than is often the case with traditional instruction. Because of this, students who gain content knowledge with PBL are better able to apply what they know and can do to new situations.
  • PBL builds success skills for college, career, and life. In the 21st century workplace and in college, success requires more than basic knowledge and skills. In a project, students learn how to take initiative and responsibility, build their confidence, solve problems, work in teams, communicate ideas, and manage themselves more effectively.
  • PBL helps address standards. The Common Core and other present-day standards emphasize real-world application of knowledge and skills, and the development of success skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, communication in a variety of media, and speaking and presentation skills. PBL is an effective way to meet these goals.
  • PBL provides opportunities for students to use technology. Students are familiar with and enjoy using a variety of tech tools that are a perfect fit with PBL. With technology, teachers and students can not only find resources and information and create products, but also collaborate more effectively, and connect with experts, partners, and audiences around the world.
  • PBL makes teaching more enjoyable and rewarding. Projects allow teachers to work more closely with active, engaged students doing high-quality, meaningful work, and in many cases to rediscover the joy of learning alongside their students.
  • PBL connects students and schools with communities and the real world. Projects provide students with empowering opportunities to make a difference, by solving real problems and addressing real issues. Students learn how to interact with adults and organizations, are exposed to workplaces and adult jobs, and can develop career interests. Parents and community members can be involved in projects.

OUR VALUES

    • Project Based Learning is a transformative teaching method for engaging all students in meaningful learning and developing the 21st Century competencies of critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, creativity and communication.
    • All teachers at St. Paul should have the opportunity to learn and use Project Based Learning.
    • Through effective partnerships, St. Paul Hanoi can magnify its impact and expand its capabilities.

St. Paul Hanoi needs to be a learning organization to support the most creative and effective employee culture which will best serve its partners and clients.