What kind of teaching prepares children to become creative problem solvers who can take initiative and responsibility?

What kind of teaching prepares children to become creative problem solvers who can take initiative and responsibility?

Answer:

There are actually many ways to help children develop into creative problem solvers and contributing, initiative-taking citizens. One of the best is project-based learning in which children work in teams and address a real problem in the world that requires them to apply what they have learned, pulling different disciplines together. One version of this is called “Place-Based Education.” With tasks appropriate for their grade level, children might “adopt” one section of a despoiled stream, study its problems using science tools, use math to calculate different scenarios for remediation, learn social studies by figuring out how it got that way, hone their English skills in writing up reports, and sharpen their oral communication by making a presentation, perhaps to the City Council, on their findings and recommendations. Learn more at the WHAT IS IT? and HOW DOES IT WORK? pages.


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With thanks for support and encouragement from The Myrin Institute and Orion magazine.

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