Building culture, character and knowledge

There are three core sets of activities or foundations upon which PeBL is built: culture building, character building and skills and knowledge building.


When it comes to culture, the REORDER framework is a tool we use to help us better understand how to create a school or classroom culture that compels great learning. Each school has REORDER posters hung throughout their classrooms and hallways to help both teachers and students remember the seven elements; relationships, environment, opportunities, resources, distribution of leaderships, evaluation and recognition. Click here to view the REORDER poster.


Character has been identified as a core foundation area because of the connection to self-regulation and other skills such as grit without which students are not in a position to be effective when having more voice and choice in their learning. To help us explicitly teach character, there are a variety of great tools being used throughout our Division. Buckley’s SECRET skills, 21st Century Competencies and the Character Day Periodic Chart are just a few tools being used to identify specific elements of character that we hope our students will embody.

Skills and knowledge

Building skills and knowledge building is about employing effective instructional and assessment strategies in our classrooms. There is a host of strategies at our disposal and in this video we are going to dig further into this area. The intent is to help you better understand how to assess a particular situation and to be intentional about how you think about designing learning opportunities.

Skills and knowledge building is really about great teaching practices, of which we have endless examples and models already in our classrooms. We want to share all of that work among students across the whole division and ensure that everyone has access to the tools and supports required to continue growing.

As we all know, there are many factors are at play when designing a learning experience. The key to making great decisions is to reflect on the factors that influence those decisions and to be deliberate in your evaluation and application of them.