Project-Based Learning

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Jones Valley Teaching Farm and Glen Iris Elementary are at it again. Under the GOOD SCHOOL FOOD umbrella, JVTF and Glen Iris teamed up for a Project-Based Learning (PBL) week. Each day from 9:00 am – 2:00pm a 5th grade class from Glen Iris stepped outside of their usual classroom walls and traveled to JVTF’s urban farm to learn by doing. Students explored real-world problems and created real-world solutions by way of a standards-based, hands-on curriculum that challenged student teams to design and build a mobile market utilizing reusable materials. The mobile markets will be used to complement the current Glen Iris student-run farmers market and allow students to sell even more fresh produce to their community.

Almost forty-years of accumulated evidence proves that Project-Based Learning is an effective way to increase student motivation to learn, build deep content understanding, and raise overall academic achievement. In other words, PBL is something that works in education, and JVTF is excited about applying this approach with more Birmingham City Schools.

During the week, Jones Valley Teaching Farm partnered with Food Studio B to develop a kid-friendly, healthy lunch menu for each day. The meals were packaged and marketed under the GOOD SCHOOL FOOD brand and included entrees such as, Massa-crusted tilapia tacos and Stir-fry with soba noodles.

Stay tuned for our next post featuring the GOOD SCHOOL FOOD Farm Lab.

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