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Bragg, Sara – Improving Schools, 2016
This article discusses "Choice and Challenge" as a tool for school improvement and as a "practicable pedagogy" that attempts to embody the principles of "learning without limits," rejecting ability grouping and labelling. As considered here, "Choice and Challenge" emerges specifically from practice at the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Program Implementation, Elementary School Curriculum, Educational Improvement
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Wurdinger, Scott; Enloe, Walter – Improving Schools, 2011
Surveys that focused on academic and life skill development were collected from alumni who attended Avalon Charter School in St Paul, Minnesota. Avalon is a small public charter school that uses project-based learning as their primary teaching method. Forty-two alumni responded to the online survey. Students ranked life skills such as creativity,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Student Projects, Time Management, Alumni
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Wurdinger, Scott; Rudolph, Jennifer – Improving Schools, 2009
US high schools appear to measure success according to the number of students admitted into four-year institutions each year. Although this is one measure, there are some schools that focus on developing important life skills needed to become productive members of society. Online surveys were sent out to alumni, students, teachers, and parents to…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Alumni, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
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Wurdinger, Scott; Haar, Jean; Hugg, Robert; Bezon, Jennifer – Improving Schools, 2007
Project-based learning taps into students' interests by allowing them to create projects that result in meaningful learning experiences. The method requires teachers to identify projects that challenge students to work individually or in groups to create plans, solve problems they encounter, test their ideas, and present their projects to peers.…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Student Motivation, Classroom Environment, Active Learning