Teachers get lesson on Project Based Learning initiative

Teachers get lesson on Project Based Learning initiative

WEINER, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 educators got a lesson in Project Based Learning this week.

Teachers from Brookland, Harrisburg, Weiner, Wynne, Concord and others gathered at Weiner Elementary School of Innovation Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to learn how to implement project learning in the classroom.

Erin Starkey with the Buck Institute for Education taught the workshop.

The Buck Institute for Education is a non-profit action research service that designs Project Based Learning units.

Starkey said this style of learning will change the classroom setting.

"I hope that parents are excited," Starkey said. "That their kids come home excited, that the age old question of hey what did you do at school today, oh nothing, now they have an answer for it. Now kiddos come home excited. They are ready to go back. They are ready to dive deeper."

The workshop helped show teachers how to implement projects and do them effectively.

Pam Hogue, Weiner Elementary School of Innovation principal, said as a school of innovation they already use a different curriculum, and PBL works well for their students and parents.

"Parents do like when the teachers have been able to do projects because it gets the kids up and moving, hands-on, and gets them out of that old traditional in the seat, and you know, sit and get," Hogue said.

Each teacher who attended the workshop will have a project ready to go when they return to their respective schools.

Projects that, Starkey said, will allow students to actually retain the information for years to come.

Weiner Elementary was able to host the 3-day event thanks to a grant from the Arkansas Public School Research Center.

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