Problem Based Learning
During the second nine weeks of the school calendar, Frontier Jr-Sr High School will be conducting a “trial-run” modified block schedule. Monday, Tuesday and Friday will retain the same 47 minute – seven period day; however, on Wednesday and Thursday the seven classes will be spread out over two days, and students will spend 94 minutes in each class.
This modified block schedule will allow us to carve out an additional block of time that will be dedicated towards Problem Based Learning. Problem Based Learning (PBL) is defined as a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem. Students learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge (www.learning-theories.com). Students will collaborate together and go beyond basic recall while moving towards analysis, argument, and evaluation.
Currently, the faculty is engaged in preparing for PBL and it is our goal to push students to think, to problem-solve, and to approach the world with a critical eye. We call this modified block schedule a trial run because most likely it will need tweaked and refined as we discover what works well and what needs improved. Most importantly, we are excited for the learning opportunities PBL will bring our kids as we continue to focus on best practices to prepare our students for college and career.