Tucker, the teacher, said he came up with the project-based learning unit after seeing a television program a few years ago in which students built models based on Da Vinci’s inventions.
Project-based learning keeps kids excited about learning, Tucker said.
Some kids struggle in a traditional learning environment, Tucker said, and project-based learning motivates kids to learn in whichever way they learn best.
Tucker said he has seen the Renaissance project inspire kids who normally dislike school. Kids who usually hang their heads and drag their feet when they shuffle into class at 8 a.m. work very hard on these kinds of projects, and they run to teachers before classes start to show them the progress they have made on their models.
“It really is exciting,” Tucker said.
Local schools try to incorporate at least one PBL unit per semester. In the fall, the unit was based on Ancient Rome.
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