Project-based Learning Impacts Students of All Ages; Maury County Sixth Grader Shares Experience

Spring Hill Middle School sixth grader Jack Hutchings dreams of owning a movie company and making films one day—and he finds that Maury County Public Schools’ shift from traditional instruction to project-based learning will help him achieve this dream.

“Project-based learning teaches things like technology, how to work with other kids in my class and how to solve problems that will help me reach this goal,” said Hutchings.

As Maury County continues to pursue innovative approaches to education, students are benefiting from project-based learning (PBL). This student-centered teaching method involves a dynamic classroom approach where students acquire a deeper knowledge of subjects through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems.

Studies show that project-based learning improves knowledge retention, resulting in higher test scores. It also prepares students for college and the 21st century workforce.

Even for younger students in lower grades, like elementary and middle school, this method is effective.

Hutchings is a prime example. Social studies is his favorite subject, and he finds project-based learning enables him to investigate and explore subjects like this more thoroughly.

“Teachers use Discovery Boards and Power Point instead of traditional teaching methods,” said Hutchings. “It makes learning more interactive, and I learn better with visuals.”

When it comes to his future career, Hutchings feels PBL sets him up for success.

“Learning with my future career in mind will help me become a more successful learner,” said Hutchings. “I will have in mind what I want to do to be successful in life.”

Learn more about project-based learning and Jack Hutchings’ personal experience in our latest graphic that will be posted to social media. We ask that you share it and help raise awareness for project-based learning. As we make this innovative transition in Maury County Public Schools, we ask for support from the community. Project-based learning will help boost student success, and with it, create a stronger, more highly-skilled workforce.