At the La Crosse Design Institute project-based learning seldom resembles a traditional classroom. Instead of formal, subject-oriented classes, individuals and groups of students choose, plan, research, and complete academic study and hands-on projects that result in a community-building presentation. Learning experiences take place outside the confines of the school building in the community whenever possible. This learning includes community experts and covers broad academic areas of study. Authentic learning requires students to develop life skills in time management, collaboration, flexibility, innovation, research, problem-solving, accountability, goal orientation, and meaningful applications of acquired knowledge.
We believe each person is his or her own best teacher.
We believe students learn best when they are engaged in what they are learning.
We believe that the processes of learning (self-direction, curiosity, research, creativity, cooperation, and self-evaluation) are more important than any exact, fact-based curriculum.
We believe teaching students how to think rather than what to think is essential for student success.
We believe that parent and community involvement enhances learning.
We believe small school size creates a more cohesive learning community.
We believe that authentic learning through projects allows students to access their higher levels of thinking to incorporate their interests and motivators as they prepare to continue on their educational paths.
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Lunch with Longfellow 7th Grade
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