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December 4, 2013

Taking a lesson beyond the books

Fourth-graders gain business skills through project-based learning


The students have had help along the way from Maguire of course, who, in addition to directing the group throughout the project, has constructed a rolling kiosk to display the items for sale. Scott Ewell, grandfather to student Nate Ewell, assisted by building the prototype products, and Dylan Marshall’s father, Tim, provided a quote for all the materials so the students could determine which ones fit into their budget, and then constructed the components of the products for the kids to assemble.

The students are busy now putting together the products for their debut sale at the annual winter concert this Thursday at Triton Regional High School at 7 p.m., and then again at the Pine Grove annual craft fair on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the elementary school.

“Many times, students finish a PBL unit surprised at their own accomplishments,” Maguire said. He added that, through looping, this is the second year he has had the same students as he moved from teaching third grade to fourth grade. That has allowed him a year to introduce the process and expectations of PBL to the students so that they could take on a “massive” unit like this in the second year.

“These students will walk away with an understanding of how their basic skills can help them in the real world, and therefore experience a renewed focus on mastering those basic skills,” he said.

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