COMBINING NEW KNOWLEDGE WITH REAL-WORLD SKILLS
A Pitsco Education classroom is a place where students are empowered to learn – where students become engaged and motivated learners as they solve real-world problems. It’s a place where teamwork is a requirement, not an option, and where leadership skills are every bit as important as the content itself. A Pitsco Education classroom provides a unique and innovative mix of career exploration, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills into yearlong courses in biotechnology, engineering, health science, and technology principles, just to name a few.
Our high school curriculum, delivered using an instructional model not found in any other learning system, challenges students to solve real-world problems using the math, science, technology, and language arts skills they’re learning every day. Students are required to work together – both in cooperative pairs and as a team of six – to successfully navigate their way through a progression of increasingly difficult challenges. The curriculum framework is purposely designed to give students insight into their own strengths and weaknesses and to develop transferable soft skills that will help them well beyond the walls of the classroom.
Three workstations, called Harbors, create one team-based learning center. Each Harbor offers specific content that addresses one part of the curriculum topic. Students work in pairs to acquire knowledge in their Harbors and contribute what they learn to help the team solve the first of three real-world challenges.
After the first challenge is solved, students rotate to a different Harbor and work with a different partner but remain members of the same team. The team is again tasked to solve a new and more difficult challenge.
After students complete all three Harbors and the corresponding challenges, they rotate to a new learning center and curriculum topic. Each unit of instruction is delivered over nine weeks, and four units of instruction comprise a one-year course.