PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Project Based Learning at Jesse Remington High School offers a diverse group of hands-on projects that complement the core curriculum.  This model of learning combines traditional content learning with experiential learning through the use of a carefully designed student project.

 

A Project is a 6 or more-week task, which culminates in a public performance, where students are tasked to complete a piece of a larger whole, and then proceed to build in some multi-dimensional way, a representation of their learning.

 

All projects are valuable for student growth in Project management, Team collaboration, Personal management, and different life skills. Projects allow for creativity and personal investment and ownership in a way different than the traditional classroom can create. Whether it be in determining how to build and fly a model airplane in Radio Controlled flight, to designing and building a project in our MakerSpace class, to identifying, pressing, and creating a plant collection in Botany.  These courses require a student to develop a variety of skills which increase their attention to details while keeping the larger purpose in view.

 

Many arts or artisan projects fill the JRHS project curriculum each year. From Painting to Stained glass, to Leathercraft to Graphic Design, students learn to appreciate crafting things with their hands. Several students continue with these skills after their time at JRHS. 

• Project Based Learning: An ASCI Featured Blog written by Headmaster, Jeff Philbrick

 

The fall Humanities Faire is an annual favorite, where students research and recreate an era in history.  Role playing, script writing, set design and construction, are all part of this unique, two-day outdoor faire. The whole experience helps build empathy and greater understanding of past eras and the lessons that can be learned from the past.

 

During the late fall the sounds of lovely singing can be heard on campus as our Choir prepares for the Annual Lights on the Hill Christmas Celebration.  Students learn the art and practice of performance and creating a meaningful sequenced program. This is an opportunity for students to share the meaning of Christmas with our community.  

 

The late winter brings about the return of the maple season, and JR students are ready to go! We have a full-scale Maple Business on campus, where students are involved in every aspect of the project, from tapping to selling. Each year students keep the wood firing roaring, as we shoot for our goal of 100 gallons of pure NH Maple Syrup, which creates commensurate revenue back into the school.

 

The variety of projects offered at JRHS are a tool used to develop lifelong skills in students.   As we move forward we are dedicated to designing and implementing new projects to meet the demands of a changing world.  We often say the morning classical curriculum offers the students the “Academic Resume” and the afternoon PBL program offers them the “Life Resume”.