2019-2020

This years Project-Based Learning (PBL) has two grade levels.  7th grade and 8th grade have groups this year.
Project Based Learning Values and Beliefs*
  • PBL transforms students by inspiring them to think differently about themselves as learners, collaborators, and leaders.
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PBL prepares students for academic, personal, and career success; what’s more, it readies young people to rise to the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit. 

  • PBL leads students to master core academic content and builds critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, and self-management skills. 

  • PBL advances educational equity and empowers youth furthest from opportunity. 

  • PBL enables teachers to make a difference in their students’ lives—academically, socially, and emotionally—and to experience the joy of teaching.
Teachers working with these kids this year: 7th Grade Sadie Jones (Math), Jeana Clough (Science), Khrystyne Elsberry (ELA), Amy McKibben (SS), Chris Peden (Capstone).  8th grade teachers: Sadie Jones (Math), Chris Peden (Science), Tammy Keigan (ELA), Zac Eash (SS & Capstone).
7TH GRADE PBL PRESENTATION
On Tuesday, October 29th, students in the 7th grade PBL program presented their business plans to members of the State Center Development Association and Central State Bank. Groups were asked to create a plan for a business that could go in one of the buildings that the SCDA had remodeled or on one of their empty lots. The guests provided them with feedback on their ideas and entrepeneurship in general. Special thanks to Chris Brinkmeyer, Nicki Christianson, Julie Riley, hunter Wilkening, Doug Riley, Everett Halsted, Warren Mueller. Jim Eckhardt, Mike Eckhardt and Jim Figgins for taking time out of their own work days to meet with our students.

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7th Grade Social Studies have been working on Ted Talks about famous Native American’s in honor of Native American Month in November.  They have put together videos about their famous person.  They can be viewed by clicking below.

Native American Ted Talks

Vending Machine Proposal

8th Grade Capstone with Mr. Eash is working on a construction project. A special thank you to Jeff Simms of Simms Construction for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk with our 8th grade Capstone class about the construction trade, tips for being a foreman and providing some suggestions for our school improvement projects. This class is currently working on several school improvement projects to help eliminate clutter and store athletic equipment that is too big for student lockers.     IMG 1360

2018-2019

MS PBL

WMMS currently has two Project-Based Learning (PBL) cohorts in 7th grade. A project motivates students to gain knowledge and helps them retain what they have learned. Projects are an opportunity to apply skills to personally relevant and real-world situations. The 21st-Century skills learned will help students succeed in future professional workplace environments. 

Project Based Learning Values and Beliefs*

  • PBL transforms students by inspiring them to think differently about themselves as learners, collaborators, and leaders.
  • 
PBL prepares students for academic, personal, and career success; what’s more, it readies young people to rise to the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit. 

  • PBL leads students to master core academic content and builds critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, communication, and self-management skills. 

  • PBL advances educational equity and empowers youth furthest from opportunity. 

  • PBL enables teachers to make a difference in their students’ lives—academically, socially, and emotionally—and to experience the joy of teaching.

* Buck Institute for Education

Along with working on a project, students receive instruction in all core content areas each day.  PBL participants are working on the same common core standards as their peers. The PBL team includes Tammy Keigan (language arts), Zac Eash (social studies), Sadie Jones (math), and Jeanna Clough (science). Mari Haley will support the team as an instructional coach.