REAL-WORLD TEACHING AND LEARNING THAT GOES BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK
STUDENT OWNERSHIP OF LEARNING
Project Based Learning and Design Thinking are approaches to learning that allow students to evolve into leaders of their own learning. These powerful learning opportunities promote student thinking. Students have the opportunity to develop critical thinking, problem solving, cooperative learning and self-assessment skills. These learning opportunities take students beyond the textbook and worksheets.
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
Project Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional strategy that affords students the opportunity to gain knowledge, experience and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to engaging and real-world questions, problems, or challenges. PBL is the on-going act of learning about different subject areas simultaneously. Interactive lessons and activities allow students to collaborate and partake in self-assessments of their learning. Students demonstrate their learning throughout the unit, not just at the end of a unit.
Design Thinking is an approach to learning that uses specific techniques and mindsets to develop a student's creative confidence. Design Thinking is introduced to students using minds-on and hands-on "design challenges" organized around real-world problems. Working to identify problems and generate solutions for design challenges allows students to learn to frame their thinking around the mindsets of developing empathy, promoting a bias toward action, encouraging ideation, and working in a culture of thinking. Through the design thinking process, students learn to identify, address, and generate solutions to challenges they face in their everyday life experiences and they see the value of successfully implementing these changes to impact their world.
PROJECT BASED LEARNING OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM
The Avondale School District community is committed to providing every child with the rich and meaningful educational experience they deserve. The community has continuously supported bond and millage initiatives that fund improvement and enhancement of our facilities and programming. Because of this, our students are afforded opportunities for exploration and growth through a full range of Visual and Performing arts classes and clubs as well as STEM-based classes and clubs and many many other enrichment options from elementary to high school. In addition, our athletic program supports a wide spectrum of competitive team and individual sports.
Learn more about the activities that take our students' learning beyond the classroom when you visit the webpages of each of our schools. Just click on the link accompanying the school building picture below.
Avondale School District has up-to-date safe and well-maintained facilities - f
our elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, one alternative high school and a post-high transition program for 18-26 year old District residents with a disability.
To learn more about Avondale School District or to arrange a tour of any of our buildings, contact Annette McAvoy at 248.537.6025 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avondale SKILL Program
1435 W. Auburn Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48326
Post-high school for 18 - 26 year old Avondale School District residents with a developmental disability.