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Project-based learning gives students ownership of their education

By Valerie Wells, Herald & Review
October 16th, 2014

Students are more engaged and excited when learning is project-based, advocates say

project-basedThe suggestions came thick and fast.

Decatur needs a bigger and better mall. Or an amusement and water park. Or a wider selection of restaurants.

Geometry students at Eisenhower High School gathered in the cafeteria to brainstorm ideas for making Decatur better. Groups chose a feature they’d like to see, and started working on bullet points to consider.

The mall, said Jerija Thurmond, needs a more centralized food court with more variety, while Ciera Kinnon said more stores and possibly a second level would draw more shoppers.

“They’re trying,” Thurmond said, noting the addition of the new Ulta store.

How does this project fit into a geometry class?

(Next page: How project-based learning engages students)