Project-Based Learning as a Gateway to Real-World Challenges
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a transformative teaching methodology that propels students into real-world challenges, guiding them through an exploration of problems or inquiries. In the realm of education, PBL stands as an approach where students actively and collaboratively engage in projects over an extended period of time. This process allows them to demonstrate their expertise by crafting products or performances with the intent of reaching a wider audience.
Student Voices: Eco Warriors Speak on Project-Based Learning
Embracing a progressive education model, Begawan is dedicated to integrating Project-Based Learning into its curriculum, as it stands out as the learning phase for our students. The testimonials from our Eco Warriors, Angga and Tu Agus, reflect the contagious, creative energy that PBL unleashes among our students.
“I am happy to study at LC because there are many friends, and the knowledge acquired there that is not obtained at school, such as when preparing for the final project. I enjoy the entire process, from the preparation to the final project itself.” – Angga, The Eco Warrior
“I also love the final project, especially when there’s a performance, and I get to be a performer. Since I started studying at LC, I have been very happy because I have made many friends and gained a lot of new knowledge.” – Tu Agus, The Eco Warrior
Crafting “Entik-Entikan Bali”
As part of our curriculum, our Eco Warrior students embarked on collaborative projects centred around the theme “Growing in Bali”, culminating in the creation of our very own book, titled “Entik-Entikan Bali,” a Balinese word that means plants in Bali. This book contains information on diverse groups of plants that grow in Bali, including trees, shrubs, climbers, creepers, vegetables, and herbs. It also includes tutorials on how to utilise Balinese local plants for natural dyes, handcrafts, traditional herbs, and facemasks. Additionally, the book addresses dendrochronology and environmental threats such as the impacts of chemical herbicides (glyphosate) and the emission of methane gas.
Behind the Scenes: Crafting “Entik-Entikan Bali”
To ensure a thorough exploration, our students formed an editorial team, contributors, and illustrators. The editorial team organised the project’s structure, while contributors and illustrators were hands-on, creating content and drawing on tablets. In a three-week activity, students delved into online plant information, summarised findings on paper, paraphrased and revised sentences to maintain clarity and avoid plagiarism, typed revised information on Canva using laptops, and crafted digital illustrations on tablets. This division not only resulted in an end product but also instilled a sense of teamwork, shared responsibility, and collective achievement among our students.
Beyond Textbooks: Project-Based Learning as a Holistic Educational Catalyst
Project-Based Learning at Begawan Learning Centre is an integral part of our educational approach, going beyond traditional teaching. It acts as a catalyst for overall development, nurturing practical skills beyond textbook knowledge. Our commitment to igniting curiosity and creativity is evident in our progressive education model, where PBL takes centre stage. This guarantees that each student not only acquires knowledge but also gains practical experiences and skills essential for the 21st century.