Building confidence to face life’s challenges.

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At Pear Tree School, we teach children to connect and apply education to real life. We strive to provide the skills and resources students need to develop into strong learners, able thinkers, and contributing members of their community and world.

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How we build confidence

Our team of master-educated teachers set about developing a powerful methodology that not only inspires academic excellence, but nurtures a child’s individuality, builds confidence, and cultivates the well-rounded skills they will need to have an advantage in life.

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What distinguishes Pear Tree from all other private schools?

Integrated subjects
applied learning

Masters-qualified
teachers

Building life and
leadership skills

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Tatlow Park, a local neighbourhood playground used by Pear Tree students, is set to be renewed next summer. The City of Vancouver put out a public survey to help with the redesign. As their final project, Community 5 will also be redesigning Tatlow Park. For this, we went to test some other playgrounds in Downtown Vancouver.

https://peartree.school/pbl-interview-drew-perkins-teachthought-project-based-learning/

Interview: PBL & Progressive Educator – Drew Perkins
I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview Drew Perkins, a project-based learning (PBL) proponent and educator, and who is the Director of Professional Development at TeachThought – a professional development organisation for teachers and schools for implementing project-based learning.

Drew is also the co-host of the TeachThought Podcast, and has interviewed hundreds of educators, education leaders, and thought leaders, including myself, about all kinds of views on education.

As this is a long interview, I’ve created chapters so that viewers can skip to specific parts if they don’t have the time to listen to the whole interview. There are also closed captions!

I’ve also included links below for Drew’s organisations, as well as some resources that he mentions in the video. I’ve also included the link to Drew’s interview with me if anyone cares to listen to that.

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Interview: PBL & Progressive Educator – Drew Perkins – Pear Tree School

I interviewed Perkins, the Director of Professional Development at TeachThought – a professional development organisation for project-based learning…

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Math in Context: Why Math is More Challenging At Pear Tree School

Are you wondering what the standard of math is at Pear Tree School and how we can appropriately challenge students who are super strong or find math more challenging? Here’s a video demonstrating math in context at PTS.

Given that most people come from traditional educational backgrounds, it might seem perplexing how teaching math through themes can possibly be more challenging than in other schools, even those that top the rankings on the Fraser Institute List.

The fact is, though, that learning anything in context is both more fun and more challenging. These might seem like an impossible blend, but education done right is fun and challenging simultaneously.

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Math In Context: Why Math Is More Challenging At Pear Tree School – Pear Tree School

At Pear Tree School, we can appropriately challenge students who are super strong or find math more challenging – all through using math in context.

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It was a busy October at Pear Tree! Full of field trips, educational activities, and lots of new knowledge!

Community 3 and 5 braved the rain for their field trip to Fresh Roots, an urban farm at a local high school. Students had the opportunity to connect to food, the land, and each other through games, learning activities, hands-on farm work, and tasting some fruits and veggies straight from the farm!

Pear Tree co-founder, Paul Romani, recently took part in an extended podcast with the team at TeachThought.

In the podcast, Paul discusses Pear Tree's approach to progressive education and where other 'progressive' schools and educators often get things wrong – an important topic because those things give skeptics reason to doubt that progressive methods work.

Please note that this podcast is mostly aimed at teachers, but maybe of interest to some parents.

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The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 307 Innovating Through Thematic Project-Based Learning – TeachThought PD

Drew Perkins talks with Paul Romani, co-founder of Pear Education and School, about their progressive education model and school.

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Thanks to Drew and the TeachThought team for the opportunity to speak on their podcast about Pear Tree's theme-based learning approach!

In our latest podcast episode, Drew Perkins talks with Paul Romani, co-founder of @peartreeedu and School, about their progressive education model and school.

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 307 Innovating Through Thematic Project-Based Learning – https://buff.ly/3VEf5sd

Our open houses will allow prospective parents to tour the facilities, meet some of the faculty and learn about our approach and philosophy.

Community 1's Global Citizens workshop at the Museum of Vancouver!

During the workshop, students role-played buyers at the museum shop, “The Global Village,” and visited the global marketplace and purchased objects that may or may not have been created in ethical and sustainable ways. Students explored the Vancouver History Galleries to uncover moments when Vancouverites either demonstrated good global citizenship or ignored their responsibilities. They explored different global issues and governance, including topics such as good citizenship, rights, responsibilities, and equity/equality in the global economy.

Students were challenged to think critically about their role as a citizen in the world, what it means when they purchase/consume goods that may or may not have been created in responsible, sustainable, ethical ways, and looked at the conflicting dilemmas when it comes to decisions making when information is lacking or hidden.

A parent’s perspective

“I went looking for something more worthy of the 21st century; I wanted something more effective and real.”

Ivy

“They really do adapt to the child and let that child experience the growth that they have laid out in front of them.”

Riz

“I really feel this way of teaching provides as equal an opportunity for as possible for every student to succeed in life, whatever that is.”

Kathryn

“I really felt like everyone in Pear Tree was just a family. We were all very close to each other and everyone around me was very, very nice. It really showed me how much communication and friendships matter.”

Elliot

“Pear Tree felt like another family to me. I realized that I have developed many new relations and I have learnt myself of what I am capable of. Developing my confidence was one, but I have also learnt many life lessons.”

Kelly

“Pear Tree helped me gain confidence in being more social, because with a smaller class and school in all. I also developed confidence in my skills and knowledge, because I felt free to ask, answer and share my opinions without feeling like I would be made fun of and be worried if I was wrong.”

Alex

Pear Tree’s private school faculty are proud to have earned top achievements as educators bringing technology enriched experiences to the classrooms.