Tri-town teachers get educated on project-based learning

Oct 11, 2018

Friday, Oct. 5, was a day off for students of the Old Rochester Regional School District, but teachers and staff spent the day learning. 

Classrooms, libraries, and computer labs were occupied by educators taking courses taught by teachers and guest speakers who are experts on project-based learning. 

Project-based learning, which involves students working in teams and individually to apply knowledge to accomplish a project, is a key component of the Old Rochester district’s recently adopted five-year strategic plan.

During the Friday professional development day, MIT professor Dr. Justin Reich spoke about changes teachers need to make to provide students with the opportunity to solve unstructured problems and to guide them through the process. As part of his presentation, Reich showed slides of students at MIT inventing, collaborating, and developing projects. 

Throughout the year, the school district offers a range of professional development opportunities to district staff as well as to teachers from outside of the tri-town. The next professional development day, on Jan. 18, will and focus on growing students’ social and emotional capacities.