Teacher's Approach:                                                                                                      

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Educational approaches:

Engage thinking skills in all the students activities so they become part of their everyday lives.
Heavy use of questions... The answer is in the question. The student learn in a team approach where they answer the questions.
Intelligence can be increased ... "Brain Plasticity"
Every problem is an opportunity; The bigger the problem the bigger the opportunity.

"V. Kosla"

Use the FLIP learning process (Web page for pre-review of material)
Interdisciplinary learning approach.
Classroom atmosphere that includes trust, risk-taking, originality, listening skills and respect.
Learning should be "Fun, Engaging"
Use a system approach to learning: "What do I know", "What do I need to know", "What have I learned" and be-able to use it in my life (KWL)
Class structure:  one hour
  • 15 min. of class learning/discussion 
  • 30 min. of Exercise / Activities by the teams
  • Break 
 

 

Activities tied to the curriculum

Establish an innovation-friendly environment that embraces fast-cycle sharing, supports risk taking, and celebrates learning from failure... Establishing a protective environment.
Break the class room learning into 15 minute segments to hold student's attention.
  • Break problems into small chunks and study them well.
  • Begin with the things that are simplest to understand and move to the

more complex.

  • Never to accept anything as true that you do not clearly know.
  • Be complete in both your work and reviews that nothing is omitted.

 

Descartes, Discourse on Methods

   
 

Objective: 
Offer a set of after-school courses that demonstrates the fundamentals of the various soft-skills and a follow up method for success. These skills will support the content knowledge in solving problems, becoming life long learners and be success in a career or education. 

 

We hope to answer the following student’s questions:

 

How do I fit in with my peers and teachers?
How can I achieve what I want in life?
What life tools are available to help me and How do I use them?
How do I handle problems, questions or some perplexity, confusion or doubt?
What benefits can I bring back to my community from doing this project?
Going forward, how will I maintain the life skills I learned?

 

 

 

 

 

Approach to the Course design:

 

Each class will have an introduction to thinking skills and life skill elements.

Class learning will center around proposing a solution to one of the "World Issues".

The students will work as a team.

Delivery of the content will be a combination on in-class as well as on-line.  The process will include the Flip learning technology for delivery of the material.

 

Students will focus on one of the  world projects and develop a plan to create a solution.  It will contain the following sections:

  • What learning strategy did we use to solve the problem?
  • What obstacle's were faced in developing the solution?
  • What learning extensions can we create from this project?
  • What "Life Skills" did I need?
  • What is the problem we are solving?
  • What were my references? 

 

 

 

Projects used as vehicles for learning: "Solving world issues"
 

  • Feed the World

  • Heal the World

  • Clean the World

  • Power the World

  • Respect the World

  • Connect the World

  • Entertain the World

  • Sports of the World

  • Music of the World

  • Record the World

  • Recycle the World

 

from WPI/Nobel Skills

Elements used in the projects

Example of this process(PDF)