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Skill learning starts with doing a "World/Community/Educational  Project"


In problem-based learning, beside solving the world problem, “learning along the way” is also a goal of the work.

Students must be cognitively aware of skills they are using.

Team Culture:


  • ·        What are your important values?

  • What expectat

  • ions (Attitudes and Behaviors) do you have for being in this course?



Life-Skills ...Students become cognitively aware of their life skills while  doing activities:


From our experiences in business & education, we have created a curriculum that sifted out the manual part of work and created thinking employees with unique mindset thinking and life-skills to be productive in your organization.  These are the people that AI will be difficult to replace.

• Attitude (positive attitude, focus, emotions, flexible, moral leadership )

• Social & emotional learning ( character developmentempathy, responsibility, self-esteem, flexibility, self-disipline )

• Team-work ( charter, respect, values, listening, trust, diversity, culture, ) ... working like a sports team

• Problem-solving ( creative & critical thinking, decisions, planning, curiosity, reflection  )

• Personal skills (financial literacy,  time managementcommunication( verbal & non-verbal, goal setting)

• Business literacy (quality, processes, matrices, reporting, leadership, judgment, customer focus, info. mapping )

  • Key individual interface  Email, Social networking, YouTube, Self-branding skills (Who you are ), Networking



How are the Life Skills integrated into the project?

Connection to "College and Career Readiness";  MassCore

Life Skill



Working as a Team


Come together as a team to achieve a common goal Beginning of the project.  Create a team charter (how are we going to operate)

Lots of Life Skills



1aa process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior the function of pheromones in insect communication also 

exchange of information


Communication Skills for Workplace Success


Attitude  Positive attitude, Focus, Emotions, Flexible, Moral leadership  


Give & Take

·  Setting learning targets

·  Organizing the team roles


Questioning To understand, draw out and learn Socrates was one of the greatest educators who taught by asking questions and thus drawing out (as 'ex duco', meaning to 'lead out', which is the root of 'education') answers from his pupils.

Decision making

Choice, selection

Selecting between the two finalist … show tutorial


Study skills


teach students how to Study skills:

  •  manage time

  •  be organized

  •  improve reading comprehension

  •  listen effectively

  • take more comprehensive notes

  • communicate more effectively in written and oral expression


During the meeting:


  • Listening, communicating and expression

  • Prepare for presentations

  • Planning process

  • Scheduling processes


Social & Emotional Learning Character development, Empathy. Responsibility, Self-esteem  


Improvement, invent, advance

During reflection,  How can I make a process better?



Creating value where there was none!

 During reflection.

Learning from failure


This reminds me of IDEO’s philosophy of “fail early and often to succeed at the end”.

Not success, dissatisfaction

Dyson argues that there is more we can learn from failures than from successes.  Failure is a dress rehearsal for success. I am always struck by James Dyson’s claim that he built 5,127 prototypes before he got it right.

Rapid prototyping solutions and seeing what works.

Risk taking/ Stretch goals

Possibility, Chance


Strive for more innovative solutions, Shaping process



Arrangement, scheduling, forecasting

Developing plan for World project


Measurements/ feedback

Extent, coverage, range

Setting learning goals, How do we validate?

Balanced scorecard used in financial measurements


Process methods

Method, course of action, procedure

Problem solving process, Decision process,

Use tools


Continuous improvement/ Quality

Value, worth, excellence

Continue to make the process or results better

Quality plan review



Relationship, teamwork

During team meeting, 6-hat exercise


Self-control/ Values

Ethics, morals, principles,

Will-power, restraint 

Conduct one-self with others, Develop a set of values to operate with


Character traits


defines “character” comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and doing


Thinking skills

Thinking does not occur spontaneously but must be evoked by problems and questions or by some perplexity; confusion or doubt … John Dewey


What the term refers to is the human capacity to think in conscious ways to achieve certain purposes. Use of the mind to form thoughts, to reason, to reflect.

Problem solving process,

Wall hanging, Done thru facilitation  

  • Creative thinking

  • Critical thinking

  • Meta-cognitive reflection

  • Questioning

  • System thinking

Time management  …MIT (Most important Task)

Point in time, control, schedule  MIT first on list, Prioritize tasks


Setting schedule, follow it

Part of planning process

Financial literacy

Monetary, Economic, Fiscal,

Mastery, Knowledge

  • Planning, cost structure

  • Become a critical consumer, loans

  • Risk management

  • Income

  • Money management

  • Planning, saving and investing

  • Happiness quotient ... How do you measure it?


Problem Solving

Challenge, solving, difficult

Following the process in solving the World problem

 Social intelligence

 social rules, effective listening, people watching, social self-efficacy, image management 

 During the problem solving process

Listening Skills    




Good overview of the process



1.       The school community promotes core ethical and performance values as the foundation of good character.

2.       The school defines “character” comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and doing.

3.       The school uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development.

4.       The school creates a caring community.

5.       The school provides students with opportunities for moral action.

6.       The school offers a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them to succeed.

7.       The school fosters students’ self-motivation.

8.       The school staff is an ethical learning community that shares responsibility for character education and adheres to the same core values that guide the students.

9.       The school fosters shared leadership and long-range support of the character education initiative.

10.    The school engages families and community members as partners in the character-building effort.

11.    The school regularly assesses its culture and climate, the functioning of its staff as character educators, and the extent to which its students manifest good character.

Documents\The Partnership for Twenty-First-Century Skills.pdf
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