Your children are growing up fast, and education is evolving just as quickly. New learning models, teaching styles, and classroom structures arise every single day. As schools discuss implementing models like UDL, SEL, or PBL. But it can quickly become overwhelming and feel like alphabet soup. What do all these things even mean!? Let us help you break down these educational buzzwords!

Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Project-Based learning is exactly what it sounds like: learning through projects! It is a teaching method where students learn through actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects, most often in a group-work setting. Students get the opportunity to collaborate with their peers, think critically, and creatively solve problems or complex questions. Results from a recent study showed that students in PBL outperformed their peers in traditional classes, improved AP pass rates, and boosted science learning.This hands-on approach is a very effective model that brings learning to life! 

Flexible Classrooms

 A flexible classroom is a classroom structure in which students are given a voice and a choice in their learning environment. Rather than having rows of desks, a flexible classroom will have a variety of fun seating options for students to choose from to complete their work. Many flexible classrooms will create different zones so students have the opportunity to work independently, in groups, or with the teacher. Not only is this fun and effective for students, but it promotes more collaboration, prioritizes students’ needs, and allows children more autonomy over their learning!

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social-Emotional Learning is the process of developing self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. It’s all about students learning more holistically. Schools that focus on SEL emphasize things like nurturing positive relationships, managing emotions, and exhibiting empathy. Adults can (and should) work on their social emotional skills too! Developing key social-emotional skills provides a firm foundation of emotional intelligence for students to build upon, setting them up for success in school and life. 

Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL)

Inquiry-Based Learning is about triggering curiosity in students. Learning should be fun and exciting! The role of IBL is to generate and act on this excitement. Students discover something that piques their interest, develop hard-hitting questions, research the topic, and reflect on what they have learned. The reflection process in IBL goes beyond relaying what was learned. Students are asked to take it a step further by analyzing the learning process itself and applying it to the real world. 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Simply put, Universal Design for Learning is a framework that gives all students an equal opportunity to succeed. Don’t be thrown off by the title “universal.” UDL rejects the one-size-fits-all learning model and instead recognizes that all students learn in different ways. The goal is to alter the learning environment rather than trying to change the student. The UDL guidelines are based ensuring students have multiple means of engagement, representation, action, and expression. 

Find the Perfect Fit with Schola 

Now that you know the learning lingo, which of these models are you looking for in a school? Whatever it may be, Schola can help your family find the right school for you! We make it simple to search for schools based on what matters most, so you can find the best fit for your child. Start your school search today with Schola!