Teaching that Engages
Project-based learning (PBL) is at the heart of the New Tech instructional approach. Through PBL, we use technology and inquiry to engage learners with issues and questions that are relevant to their lives. Teachers design rigorous projects tied to state and district standards and customize them to suit the needs and interests of their learners. Learners then work in teams to acquire and apply knowledge and skills to solve problems.
Our approach to PBL fundamentally changes the role of teacher and learner. Instead of traditional one-to-many instruction, teachers become facilitators and coaches who guide learners to take charge of their own learning, invent their own solutions, and develop self-management techniques. We invest deeply in process through ongoing training and support to ensure all teachers at Niles New Tech are successful in this new approach to teaching and learning.
Through PBL, learners become active learners and doers who take responsibility to complete projects. They learn to handle long, complex tasks and manage their time. They are assessed on their skill in working in teams and creating products such as presentations, designs, plays, short stories, and prototypes. Learners acquire not only subject-matter knowledge, but also the skills they need to thrive in college, career and life.