Project-based learning is a crucial component of our educational model at St. Mark. Through interactive and engaging projects, students are able to synthesize facts, exercise their creativity, and demonstrate their knowledge in meaningful ways. This also allows students to integrate units of study and to apply information in real-world scenarios.
For example, our seventh graders recently completed a series of complementary projects on the Civil Rights Movement. After reading a book and watching a film on the subject, they recorded audiovisual reflections, created children’s ABC books, wrote poetry, developed interactive digital timelines, and interviewed a member of the community. The Civil Rights unit spanned across English Language Arts (ELA), social studies, library, technology and art classes.
Students in sixth through eighth grade also take advantage of Classroom, Inc., an instructional program that combines computer simulations and project-based learning to promote career readiness. The students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills by exploring real-world applications of their studies. They take on virtual roles as bankers, magazine editors, non-profit executives, and lawyers as they prepare for future success in the workplace.