Project-based Learning: The Core Teaching Method of SISS

March 05, 2024

At SISS, Project-based Learning is not only a teaching method but also a core component of the educational program. The School identifies that learning through projects helps students transform knowledge from textbooks into real-world applications flexibly and effectively.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

With today’s rapid development in various fields in general and educational sciences in particular, applying and innovating teaching methods is an important key to stimulating interest and progress in students’ academic abilities. Among these methods, Project-based Learning is one of the most effective approaches to promoting self-directed learning, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills.

John Dewey, one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century in America and the founder of modern education in the United States, initiated the idea of Experiential Education. He believed that learning is a process of personal characteristics and abilities naturally developing through interaction with reality.

At the Sydney International School System (SISS), Project-based Learning is not only a teaching method based on Experiential Education but also a core component of the educational program. The School recognizes that project-based learning not only helps students develop deeper knowledge but also enables them to flexibly and effectively transfer knowledge from books into reality.


Project-based Learning at SISS does not merely involve presenting a project and requiring students to carry it out; it is a structured process comprising multiple stages, from problem identification, research, planning, implementation, and evaluation, to the presentation of results. Through this process, students are encouraged to develop proactive skills in planning, self-management, teamwork, and holistic thinking to solve every problem.

Furthermore, this method also enhances students’ communication and presentation skills by requiring them to present project results in front of the class and the SISS community. Each step of voicing their thoughts not only helps them develop presentation skills and information transmission but also build confidence and inspire self-improvement in learning.

In an era where creativity and problem-solving skills are crucial factors in personal success and societal development, Project-based Learning is not only a teaching method but also a foundation for students’ comprehensive development, enabling them to become global citizens with sharp minds and solid practical skills.

The projects that students have researched and implemented through the Project-based Learning method throughout the academic year will be exhibited at the School Year Exhibition with the theme“Jaguars: The World Changers,” which will take place from 16:00 to 17:30 on April 6, 2024, at the Hoa Binh Theater, 240 3 Thang 2 Street, Ward 12, District 10, HCMC. SISS is looking forward to welcoming Parents to this event.

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