Project Based Learning@SPC – WHY? That was the focus of our two days of Project Based Learning this week – unpacking WHY we are introducing PBL to St Peter’s. There were two answers to this question, the first of which was Engagement. Clicking on the link will take you to the clip we shared with the students. It was helpful in uncovering that learning about something that really interests you helps to embed new knowledge and skills. The second answer was that research tells us that PBL allows for authentic development of the necessary 21st Century life skills of resilience, creativity, problem solving, effective communication and working collaboratively. These are the skills our community told us our graduates should have. They are also the skills employers and tertiary providers are looking for. We also shared the fact that our projects will need to have a positive impact on the community, whether that be an individual in Gore or a wider or even global audience. This positive aspect is because we hold firm to the values of Jesus Christ. Being able to reference at least one of the 7 principles of Catholic Social Teaching will be necessary in all of our projects. Click on the link, and all will be revealed! Ask your students about the examples of projects that they heard about and the possible project ideas that they came up with at the end of Thursday. Some students are champing at the bit and are ready to begin planning their projects, so the first round of student owned PBL@SPC will go live on Tuesday – the countdown begins!