Inquiry-based Learning

Inquiry-based learning is an approach to learning that emphasizes the student’s role in the learning process. Students are encouraged to explore the material, ask questions, and share ideas.
Inquiry-based learning uses different approaches to learning, including small-group discussion and guided learning. Instead of memorizing facts and material, students learn by doing. This allows them to build knowledge through exploration, experience, and discussion.
Lecture Based Retention20%
Project Based Retention75%

Play-based Learning

Child-centered, Play-based learning is a whole-child educational approach that promotes academic, socio-emotional, and cognitive development through free play, which also involves guided play by a teacher. Play-based learning has been described as developmentally appropriate learning for young children, where children learn at their own pace through the natural process of play.
Auditory Learners
Visual Learners
Arms Out

Place-based Learning

Place-based education immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences. These experiences are used as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. Place-based education emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the local school and/or community.

Challenge The Old Ways

Expect to be challenged. Active learning strategies are hands-on. Instead of reading and lecturing, expect classes to be centered around solving problems in real-world situations. The solution may not be obvious, which can be frustrating, but remember, the struggle is where the growth happens.
Makerspaces provide powerful contexts and opportunities for students to learn and develop new skills.  The makerspace movement “draws upon the innately human desire to make things using our hands and our brains.” School makerspaces provide this necessary outlet for students, fueling engagement, creativity and curiosity at the same time.
Loose Parts
Loose parts play is a type of play that supports invention, divergent thinking, problem solving and offers a sense of wonder to children. They are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials.