All Kinds of News for May 10, 2017
Novitas Academy embraces non-traditional classroom characteristics from physical space, to learning resources, to instruction. While the process of project-based learning (PBL) is not a new concept, many schools have not fully implemented a PBL instructional style. Teachers of Novitas students allow the students to take charge of their own learning by selecting topics, discovering information through inquiry and creating projects designed to show their newfound knowledge. The organic flow of collaboration lends itself to students with learning differences and captures their interests.
A favorite PBL projects has been recreating WWI during a history class and it was a brainstorm session gone viral. The students were engaged in building models of WWI trenches and putting together a list of supplies, when one student spoke up and said “Why don’t we just go dig these in the backyard?” They looked at each other with smiles on their faces and put a plan together. This project incorporated information from each subject during the trimester: health was discussing disease prevention, one math class was working on budgeting, another math class was working on proportions and this project took off.
About Notivas AcademyLocated on 30 acres of majestic river front property, Novitas Academy is a unique fully accredited therapeutic boarding school for boys ages 14-18. The program is designed to meet the needs of young men struggling with life skills, learning differences, lack of academic motivation, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and mild to moderate behavioral and emotional problems. Novitas is a relationship-based program that strives to help our students build their self-esteem and self-confidence through discovering and nurturing their strengths, passions and dreams. Our goal is to help our boys reach their goals.