Project-Based Learning

At Nardin Elementary, faculty and staff are dedicated to a dynamic classroom environment that both appeals to different learning styles and goes beyond the regular curriculum.

Outside of the limitations of New York State standardized tests, teachers have the flexibility to execute creative lessons and present material in ways which students find interesting, engaging and fun.

Project-Based Learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students gain both knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to real world problems, questions, or challenges.

Elements of Project-Based Learning include:

  • Sustained Inquiry
    Students engage in a rigorous process of meaningful inquiry, finding resources, and applying information.
  • Authenticity
    Students work on projects that feature real-world applications and that address concerns and interests in their own lives. This ensures the end product will be an outcome beyond rote memorization.
  • Student voice
    Students make decisions and guide the direction of the project. They have a voice in what the outcome will be and in how to express what they have learned.
  • Reflection
    Both students and teachers reflect on the learning activities and address any obstacles and how they may overcome these obstacles in the future.
  • Critique and Revision
    Students give and receive feedback to improve their process. The final project is made public in some way by presenting or displaying beyond the classroom.

By participating in Project-Based Learning, students are able to engage in the learning process and develop skills that are recognized as critically important within “21st century learning,” such as curiosity, exploration, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Each cross-curricular project uniquely prepares our elementary students to both experience and make a difference in the world.

"We are teaching students to be aware of the world around them" Nardin Teacher


Fast Fact

Nardin Academy students have the opportunity to experience:
  • 2 outdoor learning gardens
  • 4 aquaponics systems