Helping Students Reach Their Potential
Within a project-based learning environment, our students at Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy are given the opportunity to take ownership of their education. Rather than operating in a traditional classroom structure of teachers imparting information upon students, the project-based learning environment creates an atmosphere of cooperative learning instead. Teachers at our Dallas metro charter school become coaches and advocates for our students. Our faculty guides students in taking charge of the acquirement of knowledge. This perspective enables students to creatively problem solve on their own, a skill necessary for success in both the college and career world.
Project-based learning thrives on the use of many learning techniques, including:
- Creative, purposeful play
- Communal activities that encourage teamwork for problem solving
- Projects that encourage creative innovation
- Promoting an environment that caters to every kind of learner
- Open discussion among students to encourage acceptance and community
PBL Helps Students Develop Skills for Living in a Knowledge-Based, Highly Technological Society
The old-school model of passively learning facts and reciting them out of context is no longer sufficient to prepare students to survive in today’s world. Solving highly complex problems requires that students have both fundamental skills (reading, writing, and math) and 21st century skills (teamwork, problem solving, research gathering, time management, information synthesizing, utilizing high tech tools). With this combination of skills, students become directors and managers of their learning process, guided and mentored by a skilled teacher.
These 21st century skills include:
- personal and social responsibility
- planning, critical thinking, reasoning, and creativity
- strong communication skills, both for interpersonal and presentation needs
- cross-cultural understanding
- visualizing and decision making
- knowing how and when to use technology and choosing the most appropriate tool for the task
Contact our office at (469) 287-8075 to learn more about the philosophy behind project-based learning.