Project based learning is the foundation for success

The time we spend with our children goes by so fast. Just last month I helped my 21-year-old daughter, Sonia, move to Cincinnati. Her apartment is precisely 2,205 miles from our house in Walla Walla (I know -- I looked it up!).

...the world of work is changing — and some jobs are changing faster than others. According to the latest research, soon we’ll only be as good as the skills we possess.
— World Economic Forum

When Sonia was in middle school, I can remember thinking about her transition to high school. She was in my Explorers class at Pioneer Middle School. My class was completely project-based, and students were with me for two hours every day for all three years of middle school.
I had concerns about how my daughter and other kids in my class would do in high school, especially since the high school does not focus on project-based learning, and students do not have longer blocks of time with a single teacher.

Some parents of Willow scholars have shared similar concerns with me: what happens when my child goes to a high school that is not project based?

The skills that are taught through project-based learning (collaboration, communication, creativity, time management, and critical thinking) are transferable to any setting, whether it be another school, college, or a career. In fact, the World Economic Forum states that “the world of work is changing — and some jobs are changing faster than others. According to the latest research, soon we'll only be as good as the skills we possess.” 

So, when a parent tells me that they are concerned about their child making a transition to high school, I reassure them that the skills we teach at Willow are the foundation for success in any setting.

Now, spend some quality time with your children. Before you know it, they will be charting their life journey.

Daniel Calzaretta