Project-Based Learning: Historic Places, People and Events
There is substantial research demonstrating that students learn best and are engaged best when the topics they study have meaning to them and an authentic audience with whom to share their knowledge. In northern classrooms we have increasing anecdotal evidence of this as well.
The following essay will describe what project based learning is and why it’s a good idea to teach at least some of the curriculum we are responsible for as teachers through project based learning. This is not an ‘extra’ or an ‘add on’ to what we are already doing in our classrooms, rather it is a technique used to teach much of the curricular we are responsible for. Several examples of project based learning are given below. See also the Curriculum section of this site to see how the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre’s resources (on site and on–line) are linked to specific learning outcomes from Social Studies, Dene Kede, Inuuqatigiit, Northern Studies, and Language Arts curriculum at a variety of grade levels.
New! NWT Heritage Fairs Teacher's Resources Manual
This Teacher’s Guide will outline how you can promote quality heritage–based project work in your students, especially projects which have significant personal connections.