We at Nextide Academy have incorporated a Problem Based Inquiry (PBI)
approach, a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of problem solving. As part of our requirements to graduate, our students will have to successfully complete a multi-disciplinary project every academic year where they learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge. The topics for the projects will be aligned to the affinity areas that are tracked throughout their school year and the student interests expressed.
We are all peers – that includes our students, teachers, facilitators, student advisors, student counselors, and a strong network of real world professionals. Nextide Academy has partnered with the University of Auckland, New Zealand to use Peerwise, an ask, learn and share system. As peers, everybody at Nextide Academy participates this system for group learning on various subjects. Student activity on Peerwise is graded and the Nextide Academy rubrics are designed to include the same as part of the overall grade. Reports from this system also allow for tapping areas of individual student’s interests based on student activity and act as input for student PBI projects.