Quest Learning: An Overview for Families
For each quest at Steins Pillar, teachers will utilize the Scottish Storyline Method of instruction. The Scottish Storyline method, with origins in Scotland, is an innovative approach to curriculum integration with proven success in use worldwide. The Storyline Method is based on the theory that knowledge is complex and many-layered, that learning is guided by one’s prior knowledge and experience, and that learners construct their own meaning through action and experience. Students are actively involved in their learning as tasks and incidents arise within the “story” which the students see as significant and meaningful in a real-world context. Opportunities are provided for students to meet state benchmarks through meaningful activities that provide for authentic assessment.
The essential elements of a Storyline are setting, characters, and events or incidents. The unfolding of the story in the classroom provides a structure and logical connection to the curriculum. The difference between thematic teaching using a topic web and Storyline is the presentation of key questions which move the story along. In a topic web the activities are random, while the investigations that take place during a Storyline are in a logical sequence that builds on the preceding episodes.
Learning Pursuits Driven by a Mission
The critical elements of a Storyline are:
Scene or Setting in a Particular Time and Place
Students create a classroom frieze (large 2-dimensional mural) or a 3-dimensional representation of the setting.
People and/or Animals
A Way of Life to Investigate
A Celebration or Culminating Activity
Reflection and Assessment
The development of a Storyline is guided by the following tenets:
- The story is progressive and sequential.
- The teacher presents key questions within each episode that the students must address.
- Each episode has limitless potential as students investigate and contribute depending on their personal experiences and innovation.
- Each student will reach different levels within each key question and will return to the Storyline for the next question.