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. see YouTube video    This is the foundation of Entrepreneurship

"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 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

Learning Process

  Questioning Learning    The students must own the process.  It’s not the teacher asking the question or telling.

 Getting them started:

Pick a text, picture or video to have the students look/read at about the subject we want them to learn.  After they complete to task, ask them the following:

  • What question do you want to ask about this Text, Video, Picture?
  • What excited you, or made you sad about what we discussed?  Involve the group …Do they agree or have other questions or thoughts?
  •  What question comes to mind as you consider this painting/text?
  • What are the different levels of questions like the BloomTaxonomy?



3.1.3 Project based learning…  Self-direct learning

o   Getting to know each other

o   Team creation … learning & building a culture

o   Picking a problem to work on

o   Problem solving

o   Public reporting




Project Rubric:


Not yet demonstrating 






Team Work

Sees this as just a group

Recognizes that this means working together

Understand about a culture

See themselves as making their teammates successful

SEL skills

Not well behaved

Stops to think about  control

In control most times

Works well with others

Independent studies

Doesn’t know where to begin

Can build a schedule


Does independent work

Problem solving


Knows the steps

Lays out a plan

Masters each step

Business focus

Not sure what this means

Beginning to understand “the Agenda”

Articulate about the customer needs

Can set measurements to make the customer and company successful

Process understanding


Lays out the elements

Can set the flow map

Provides the measurements

Questioning skills

Random questions

Yes/no questions

Understands open ended questions

Uses questions as part of the learning process


Does not think of the past

Understands what they learned

Connects the thoughts in discussion of what they learned

Uses their discuss to learn from what they did

Presentation skills

Randomly tells a story

Begins to organize their thought

Organizes their thought

Organizes and understands what their customers need











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/community 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?
  • Report to the community
  • Leave "lessons learned" for the next class