In early March, a team of students and teachers from East Canton met with Representative Kirk Schuring (pictured center) to show their appreciation for his work and thank him for supporting public school efforts. During the meeting, students and teachers shared problem-based learning (PBL) lessons with him, including units called the “Playground Mulch Project” and “Raising the Obelisk.” Both units come from real-life problems. For example, the school needed to cost effectively mulch the playground and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History needed to move a 200-foot solid marble statue using ancient tools only!
Problem-based learning is an instructional approach teachers use to encourage students to apply his/her knowledge and skills to solve a problem. East Canton educators are seeing that the student-centered approach to learning promotes creative thinking, teamwork, problem solving, and flexibility, which are all important skills for success in college and on the job. The PBL units showcased were examples of quality teaching and learning.
Superintendent Todd Boggs stated, “The trip to the State House benefitted the students and Rep. Schuring, as it provided students an opportunity to showcase the YEC grant work; and with Rep. Schuring’s undivided attention, to shine light on public education.”