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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.

"I love My eCoach because of the ease of use and the multiple things you can do with the components. As the district mentor, I utilize the Survey tool on a regular basis to create professional development surveys to help our district better provide the PD our staff feels they are in need and to evaluate the workshops we provide. The fact that we can share resources has assisted me in my teaching assignment both in the regular classroom and now in the Library Media Center.

When I was completing my certification as a Missouri eMints teacher I utilized My eCoach to create those digital items and projects needed for coursework. It was easy to create, store and provide to the evaluation team. Barbara was always available as a sounding board on these projects and helped me make them even better. She even assisted on the editing portion.

I love the resource of My eCoach! It has saved me many exhausting hours when creating lessons for my students or assisting proteges! "

pictureMarsha Johanning
Library/Media Specialist
Sullivan Elementary School, MO

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