Today, sixth grades students from Mrs. Moulton’s class were presenting their projects to fellow students, teachers, and community members.

Starting in December, Mrs. Moulton challenged her students to find an essential question they were interested in inquiring about. Each student was able to select the topic that they could invest themselves in. Students could work independently, or in groups based on their own preferences.

Using a growth mindset, students persevered through challenges and frustrations until they succeeded in designing a product they could share with an authentic audience.

This learning opportunity is the one successful results of the GEMS’ middle school staff participation in a Problem Based Learning Professional Learning Course offered by FWSU. In the course, teachers were able to learn skills and knowledge needed to design, assess and manage a rigorous, relevant, and standards-based project.

Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners: FWSU staff and students engage in authentic learning opportunities with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

Indicators of Success for this Goal: Students pursue interests and opportunities, challenge convention, and make positive contributions in their community, state, and world.



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