Project Based Learning at Bluefield Middle School


 Project Based Learning at Bluefield Middle School         

PRINCETON, WV, December 22, 2015:  Libby Salyers, English teacher at Bluefield Middle School, set out to immerse her students in language.  To accomplish this goal, she asked her students to begin a writing project, the first part of their autobiographies, which took thirteen (13) weeks.  In order to complete this project, students studied the conventions of English grammar and usage.  They also studied writing styles, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.  While writing, they had to focus on word choice and determine how the words they used affected a reader’s interpretation of their writings. 

Once completed, student writings were typed, printed and bound into books.  Each student designed his or her own book jacket.  Students were encouraged to take their books home to their parents or guardians and give the books to them as a holiday gift. 

Students will take the information they have learned from this writing project and apply it to their future assignments.  From January to May, the students will begin writing the second part of their autobiography.

The Mercer County Board of Education, Dr. Deborah Akers – Superintendent, and Kim Miller - Principal of Bluefield Middle School, would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Salyers and her students for working diligently to complete this writing project.