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Challenge Based Learning

Today’s school curriculum presents students with assignments that lack a real-world context and activities that lead to uninspired projects and end in a letter grade. Many students either learn to do just enough to get by or they lose interest and drop out. In this interconnected world, with ubiquitous access to powerful technology and access to a worldwide community, new models of teaching and learning are possible.

The Challenge Based Learning process begins with a big idea and cascades to the following: an essential question, a challenge, guiding questions, activities, resources, determining and articulating the solution, taking action by implementing the solution, reflection, assessment, and publishing.

Published by Apple in 2008


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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Professional Development
Education
Themes/Keywords: Authentic Learning
Creativity
Curriculum
Learning Styles
Multidisciplinary
Project Based Learning


Essential Question(s)
1. Connecting students to real-life issues and situations will making learning meaningful. How can you connect your students in what they are learning to what is happening in the world

Discussion Question(s)
1. Have you asked your students about what they are interested in or what bothers them about what is going on in the world?

Extension and Activities
1. Pick something that is in the news right now. Connect your lesson to that news item using resources on the internet.


"I am a teacher at 107th elementary school in LAUSD, an inner-city school. Everything good that is given to us - is then taken away. The CADRE has brought art, music, dance, drama and light to a very difficult academic community. The Cadre is the only wonderful experience happening at 107th street school - this program needs to be continually funded. As well as encouraging students to find new areas of expertise, the teachers participate and learn about programs new to them as well. The Kathryn Dunham Dance Company was totally inspiring and intriguing as I got a taste of the dance the students would learn. The Marchall Dance Company was the only HOLIDAY PROGRAM my 1st graders received this year - and it was a dandy! Just Great! Samuel, a 1st grader in my class, was called to join in the welcoming dance and my whole class was proud of him and he was elated. Please, continue the funding for the CADRE. Thank you. Rosemary Pluskat"

Rosemary Pluskat
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LAUSD - Los Angeles, California






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