pictured: the physics of whitewater kayaking
Authenticity is a key element to high quality project based learning. Great projects stem from an authentic problem that has relevance to the students' lives and/or communities and in which the outcome has real meaning to the world at large. Significant Learning occurs when the work is authentic and engaging - this is when the emotional connections occur and as result when the buy-in really kicks in.
At Cabot, we endeavor to create a culture that cultivates authentic experiences both in and out of the classroom. From Unplugged to the high stakes exhibition of our projects, we want students to feel a sense of belonging and community through our shared work as teachers and learners.
Outside expert connections
Powerful Driving Questions (vetted by students for connection/"stick factor")
- Digital Portfolios
- Siskin: 3 Day Community Building Retreat for HS students and faculty
- June Term (the last 2 weeks of school; choice based expeditions; often off-site)
CORE VALUE : : GLOBAL BEST PRACTICE
Continuous and increased emphasis on authenticity will leverage Cabot's ability to address these Global Best Practices:
1.4 Standards Based Education
1.5 Assessment Practices
2.1 Vision, Mission + Action Plan
2.2 School Culture
2.3 Multiple Pathways