Combining the ICLE Rigor and Relevance Framework and Project- Based Learning

Students will experience projects that challenge students to develop innovative, research-supported solutions to real-world problems, collaborate and debate ideas, and present solutions to authentic audiences.

RIGOR: High-level questioning, academic conversations, and thoughtful work (adapted from ICLE rigor rubric) Each lesson is purposeful and engaging. Multiple interactions with the information.

  • Example: Reading Animal Farm during school election season and drawing comparisons.
    • Developing leadership skills, while identifying flaws in governance through analyzing historical figures.
  • Example: Designing suspension components using geometry lessons.
    • Analyzing data collected through measurements to determine functionality of components.
  • Example: Playing ‘Game of Life‘ while learning the true intricacies of budgeting, taxes, retirement, cost of college, and cost of children.
    • Interacting with a game of chance and drawing connections to life situations and determining potential outcomes.

RELEVANCE: Using knowledge to solve real-world problems and making purposeful connections between content and real-life problems using Project-Based Learning

  • Example: Building electric vehicles that can be raced in competition
    • Content learned: Affects transportation has on nature, Electricity fundamentals, Algebra/geometry, Physics, Technology, project management, History of electricity AC/DC, and Communication
  • Example: Repairing a vehicle to be donated to needy family
    • Content learned: Budgeting, ASE vehicle repair skills, Project management, Physics, Algebra/Geometry, History of Automobiles, Laws regarding vehicle functions and safety, Communication, and humanitarianism.
  • Example: Operating School Store
    • Content learned: Project management, budgeting, statistics, psychology, Plan-o-grams, Communications, Algebra/geometry, Industrial revolution (effects of mass production), technology, marketing, loss prevention, and data collection used to determine success of store.

RELATIONAL: Grading practices that encourage mastery (Coaching):

  • Less traditional testing, more skill based testing using rubrics
  • Using feedback cycles to guide students
  • Student self assessment using SMART goals.