We believe that learning is most effective when we are developing new skills and knowledge in the context of solving authentic problems. There is no shortage of real-life challenges for our students to engage in, so why not use them as learning experiences? In our core classes, teachers typically design projects that allow students to practice the competencies being addressed by the material they're studying. During X Period, the projects we tackle may come from our community partners, or sometimes from challenges we're facing in our own school. In either case, projects are most effective and engaging when they draw on different areas of learning, address an authentic challenge, and allow students to explore their own interests and passions.