To what extent are schools adopting a multi-disciplinary approach to PBL in the States? Are there any schools doing it in all grades?
At Bristol Brunel Academy, the curriculum is almost entirely multi-disciplinary PBL in grades 7 & 8 (The exceptions are languages and PE). We will move to grade 9 next year. It is really working and their levels of literacy and numeracy have shot up, along with the good habits of learning they are developing. We are now considering whether or not we should continue in a multi-disciplinary way into grades 10 & 11. In the UK grades 10 & 11 are where students begin GCSE courses (the national examination system). We think there will be huge advantages, but we are concerned that some subjects may be watered down or 'lost' in the project and therefore lead to poor results. It's a big move. Do you think we should stick to subject based PBL? I'd really appreciate your views.
PS - I'm about to move to a new school where I will be helping to design the building (PBL will be the main focus for design). Even more reason to raise this question.