The words vary, but key themes remain the same in the mission statements of schools and districts across the country. Here are terms frequently used:
PBL Scenarios, Critical Thinking
Exercises, Creativity Drills,
We've got it all!
"21st century skills"
"Lifelong learner" "Career-ready"
"Passionate and persistent
All schools and districts are focused on specific missions with key goals.
Names, dates, facts, & figures are important, but do not come close to fully preparing students. They will also need skills in these areas:
Creativity Deductive Reasoning & LogicEntrepreneurialism
Critical Thinking Collaboration & Communication
These goals can be accomplished by having classroom instruction reflect the goals on a daily basis.
Of course teachers want to help students develop the skills they will need to thrive in this century. But making a shift in classroom instruction is very difficult. Here is why:
For a variety of reasons, the broader mission often takes a back seat to the daily grind.
...and what do our Clients say?
The feedback we‘ve received about the PBL Project has been tremendous, and we thought it would be nice to share a sampling of those comments. All of the testimonials shown below were unsolicited, and have been included with permission:
Thank you for so many good ideas!