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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

Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Professional Development
Themes/Keywords: Authentic Learning
Learning Styles
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.

"OK, I admit it. I put off getting active on My eCoach for quite some time. I was busy with daily routines, state reporting needs, student information systems and staffing needs. NOW it is time to spend quality time re-energizing myself and my staff with the fabulous and infinite resources on this site. I will encourage the staff at our school site to spend 30 minutes a day getting acquainted, responding to blogs and growing for the sake of our students!"

pictureGloria Simmons
Education Coordinator
SDCOE - San Diego, CA

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