Rigor, Relevance, Relational

Combining the ICLE Rigor and Relevance Framework and Project- Based Learning

Students will engage in innovative research-supported projects to find solutions to real-world problems. This will be accomplished through collaboration, idea debate and conclude with a live audience presentation.

RIGOR: High-level questioning, academic conversations, and thoughtful work (adapted from ICLE rigor rubric) Each lesson is purposeful and engaging. Multiple interactions with the information.


Lesson PlanHigh-level skills
Reading Animal Farm during school election season and drawing comparisonsDeveloping leadership skills, while identifying flaws in governance through analyzing historical figures
Designing suspension components using geometry lessonsAnalyzing data collected through measurements to determine functionality of components
Playing 'Game of Life' while learning the true intricacies of budgeting, taxes, retirement, cost of college, and cost of childrenInteracting with a game of chance and drawing connections to life situations and determining potential outcomes


RELEVANCE: Using knowledge to solve real-world problems and making purposeful connections between content and real-life problems using Project-Based Learning


Lesson PlanReal-World Objectives
Building electric vehicles that can be raced in competitionAffects transportation has on nature, Electricity fundamentals, Algebra/geometry, Physics, Technology, project management, History of electricity AC/DC, and Communication
Repairing a vehicle to be donated to needy familyBudgeting, ASE vehicle repair skills, Project management, Physics, Algebra/Geometry, History of Automobiles, Laws regarding vehicle functions and safety, Communication, and humanitarianism.
Operating the school storeProject management, budgeting, statistics, psychology, Plan-o-grams, Communications, Algebra/geometry, Industrial revolution (effects of mass production), technology, marketing, loss prevention, and data collection


RELATIONAL: Grading practices that encourage mastery (Coaching):

  • Less traditional testing, more skill based testing using rubrics
  • Using feedback cycles to guide students
  • Student self assessment using SMART goals.