HEBRON – Twelve years ago, Beth Kamradt and her son Matthew launched Loaves and Fishes, first a family project and now an independent community effort that helps the unsheltered homeless of Greater Cincinnati.
This year Kamradt’s passion to help the homeless extends to the classroom. Her project-based learning classes at Conner Middle School use school subjects to assess problems of the homeless and devise solutions.
That’s what project-based learning is all about: Students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem or challenge.
Kamradt is amazed that her students have exceeded expectations in assessing the problems of those without shelter and hatching solutions.
It’s been more authentic than she could have imagined. When she and her students returned from Christmas break, Kamradt answered questions – as best as she could – from students upset by the death of Kenneth Martin, 55, the homeless man found unconscious Christmas morning at Government …