Greg here. Project Based Learning is a big part of my instruction. I enjoy engaging students on a long term authentic learning experience that ties their personal interests and skills with community involvement. Here are a few examples of student work.
Students created a series of interactive activities featuring the streets of York, both in the past and present, in order to emphasize the history and the changes this city has undergone.
Students researched the vast amount of interesting locations and activities York has to offer. Upon completion of the research, students had to identify and complete 7 of the items. They chronicled their experiences, along with the historical connections, on the accompanying blog.
US History students researched primary sources and conducted interviews about the history of our school. Students pushed the direction of the project, including all design aspects of the website.
Thinking History provided AP US History students with an opportunity to read children’s historical non-fiction, develop and research their own topics, and write stories backed by primary sources. The final products were reviewed by nationally recognized children’s authors.
To analyze the causes and contributors of the Civil War, students worked with an art teacher to discuss symbolism via shape, size, color, and proximity. They determined the causes and contributors, placed them in to themes, and developed symbols to be represented on a quilt. The piece was featured at our historical society’s commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg.
PANc, Central York's original history-through-art exhibition series, returns this spring to CoWork155. Learners shared their photography that demonstrates an understanding of global issues by using a local context. Primarily using mobile devices, Globally Local, highlighted their perspective of global situations using literal and figurative interpretations.
Students selected global issues, wrote poetry that highlighted their issue in a metaphorical way. In the final stage of the project, students worked with local musicians to pen their analysis in to original music. The musicians worked with their ideas and lyrics to write the music and performed them at a event at
In a three phase project, students analyzed the historical context of a major global issue, wrote an original screenplay about the future of that topic, and then worked with a small group of like-topic students to write, produce, and present a short film. The event was held at the Capitol Theatre to a crowd of 200+.
Students worked with local non-profit leaders to search for local organizations that are doing good work in our community and also represent the global issue. We worked with an art teacher to create an award that was presented at an evening event in downtown York.