Why engaged learning?

  • LEARNING: Deeper content learning...
  • LEADING: Engagement and interest in academics and the real world... 
  • SUCCEEDING: College and career readiness.
Project-based learning, when well implemented, facilitates student learning in the areas of content knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving, engagement and motivation, and collaboration while also building competencies like inquiry, analysis, research, creativity, and communication. These are all important elements for success in school and readiness for college and/or the workforce. 
  1. Deeper understanding of content; concepts and standards (TEKS) through:
    • problem analysis
    • inquiry
    • reading, writing, problem solving
    • authentic demonstration of learning (read more)
  2. Facilitates increased student engagement which positively correlates with:
    • grades 
    • attendance (read more)
    • retention
    • graduation
    • employment
    • performance on standardized tests (read more)
    • college and career readiness 
  3. College and Career Readiness Skills including: (read more)
    • problem-solving
    • communication
    • collaboration
    • creativity

It's About Learning
Navasota Junior High School Principal Charles Lester talks to students about learning, leading, and succeeding in school and beyond. 

What Students Say
Navasota Junior High School students talk about their experiences with the Engage Learning Model to a group of teachers from other school districts visiting the junior high school to learn about engaged learning.

What is engaged learning?

Project-based learning is a student-centered instructional model that emphasizes depth in standards-based learning with the goal of demonstrating achievement through student work that:
During PBL instruction, students work through a process that involves objectives, problems, research experiences, solution development activities, and assessments. Since PBL, when implemented well, moves the learning process from the lower thought levels of knowledge and comprehension (those stressed in traditional instructional methods) to the higher ones of application, analysis, evaluation, and creativity, the TEKS, banded together within a project unit, are more deeply understood by students. Time is not lost to having a teacher formally communicate past known facts. These are readily available in digital, print, and human forms that the students can access as needed. Instead, time can be more fully spent on the problem at hand, with a focus on the present and the future.

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What does research reveal?

Forty years of accumulated evidence reveals that the instructional strategies and procedures that make up standards-focused, project-based learning are effective in building deep content understanding, raising academic achievement, and encouraging student motivation to learn.

Research studies have demonstrated that student-centered learning environments, like PBL, can:
  • narrow achievement gaps (2,9,11,12)
  • be more effective than traditional instruction in increasing academic achievement on state and national assessments. (1,2,13,14,15,16)
  • be more effective than traditional instruction for content learning, long-term retention, skill development and disposition toward learning. (2,3,4,5,12,13,14,15,16,18,23,24)
  • improve students’ mastery of 21st-century and college, career readiness skills. (6,12,13,21,22,23)
  • be effective with higher and lower-achieving students. (1,7,8,9,22,23)
  • provide an effective model for whole school reform. (10)