Constructivism & Project Based Learning

At CWCH, we are committed to providing a challenging, experiential learning environment to develop students’ confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as true citizens of the world.

aaron_lucy_cwc-39632Constructivism is an educational theory based on the idea that learning is an active process, where the learner builds understanding on a foundation of what they already know through their experiences. The concept of “learning by doing” puts knowledge in a concrete form, so the student is more likely to remember the information and have a deeper level of understanding.

In the classroom, constructivism often takes the form of project-based learning. The teacher’s role is to provide guidance and background knowledge, as the students explore a given theme or concept though projects, discussion, research, and other hands-on activities. This style of learning treats each student as an individual with unique strengths and needs. Each learner builds their own understanding of the information in relationship to their personal experiences, learning styles, and passions, refining and expanding their content knowledge until they reach mastery. CWC-H’s project-based units of study generally center around a science or social studies topic, which incorporate teaching core academic content like reading, writing, and mathematics.

The year begins with an assessment of each learner’s ability level, against which individual progress is regularly measured. This is coupled with high expectations for all students, enabling students at all levels to thrive. later reflecting upon their own work with the teacher’s feedback.

For more information on Constructivism, visit these wonderful online resources and articles:

What is Project Based Learning?
Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and Teaching for Understanding
“The Courage to Be Constrictivist” by the ASCD