Project Based Learning is about making the learning matter. It is rigorous, sharing what success will look like, with kids and parents, and everyone being held accountable.
Start with a real question (around a theme of your choice), and give the children a time-frame to solve it, ending with a public exhibition, inviting parents and the school community. Of course you teach skills, facts and practice those. But, crucially, the kids will care.
It should be whole school, but I recommend starting with your own class, and being brave enough to set an end goal for the end of term that allows the kids to work towards a display of their response to a shared challenge. I’ve done it, been judged to be effective and successful in a normal school: and teachers all over the world are making a success of it. What have you got to lose?
@eylanezekiel – Teacher/Consultant, Oxford