Why Project Based Learning?
As students prepare for the challenges of a rapidly changing world and a constantly evolving job market, the traditional model of education has come under close scrutiny. As we attempt to build skills that students will need to succeed at jobs that do not yet exist, we must learn to balance traditional curricula with innovative, twenty-first century educational practices. Our students must learn to be creative thinkers, expert researchers, and productive collaborators. Educational luminaries such as Sir Ken Robinson and National Association of Independent Schools President Pat Bassett have repeatedly urged schools to foster student curiosity and passion through authentic projects rather than constant, memorization-based testing. Toward this end, the Hamden Hall Middle School sets aside time each year to embark on a division-wide project. We believe that students learn as much, or even more, from the high level of engagement engendered by these rigorous tasks. On this page, please note some of the projects that have been undertaken in previous years, and please take a look at the pictures of our students at work and at play.