Immanuel Lutheran School’s musical showcases project-based learning

On Friday, April 12, Immanuel Lutheran School in Elmhurst presented an unforgettable musical production, showcasing not only the talents of its students but also an innovative educational method.

Project-based learning is a teaching approach in which students learn by working on extended, real-world projects. Its purpose is to foster deep understanding, engagement, skill development, authentic assessment, preparation for the future, and personalized learning.

Students in third to eighth grade embraced project-based learning by collaborating in multi-age teams on various aspects of the production, including set design, prop creation, choreography, costuming, and marketing, along with rehearsing musical pieces.

Staff members empowered students to pursue their chosen areas of interest, fostering a holistic learning experience.

Principal Heather Estes expressed pride in the students’ achievement, saying, “The learning process and culminating performance spotlighted our joyful learning community, and the message highlighted the hope we experience daily. Although students in grades 3-8 participated in this long-term project, the students welcomed their “buddies” from the younger grades to join the fun on stage!”

The success of Immanuel Lutheran’s musical demonstrates the effectiveness of project-based learning in providing students with meaningful learning experiences that go beyond the classroom.

By embracing this innovative approach, Immanuel continues to nurture the next generation of creative thinkers, problem solvers, collaborators and leaders.

Located at Third and Michigan in the heart of Elmhurst, Immanuel Lutheran School provides a Christ-centered, academically rich education for the whole child from early childhood through eighth grade.

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