BL Teacher Pilots Project Based Learning in the Classroom
As Bishop Lynch High School continues to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into the curriculum and instruction on campus, BL teacher Amy Wheeler is piloting new Project Based Learning (PBL) in her Advanced Placement (AP) World History class. Mrs. Wheeler is Bishop Lynch’s social studies department chair and a member of the College Board where she helps write and grade the national AP test each year.
Bishop Lynch, thanks to Mrs. Wheeler’s leadership, is one of only eight schools in the United States piloting Project Based Learning for World History. Mrs. Wheeler was invited to serve as an inaugural member of the AP PBL Development Committee, and she was selected from hundreds of AP teachers based on her interest and experience.
Mrs. Wheeler’s instructional implementation will look different when PBL kicks off in September. Her students will participate in robust projects that drive the student-centered curriculum through sustained investigation of complex, real-world problems.
Research shows this teaching approach can significantly improve student performance on AP exams. For her part, Mrs. Wheeler is excited to pilot PBL at Bishop Lynch.
“Teaching history is my passion, and I am thrilled to present this new learning approach to my students. At the national conference I attended this summer, there was a great deal of anticipation for applying PBL to World History. The time has now arrived, and I can’t wait to see PBL in practice here at Bishop Lynch,” said Mrs. Wheeler.
Congratulations to Mrs. Wheeler for being a leader among Bishop Lynch faculty and teachers across the country!
Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse community in a rigorous, college preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. - Founded in 1963