Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #68
Who wants to simply have a classroom when you could have an idea factory?
Education policy wonks are constantly talking about how for the new world of work our students will be entering, they need new skills, mainly the skills of problem solving, life long learning, and innovation.
An idea factory classroom focuses on problem based learning. Present students with a problem, with strategies and processes to attempt a solution, and then guide, guide, guide and coach, coach, coach.
Students tell us all the time “when will I ever have to know this?” and “How will this ever apply to me?” By present a problem that students need to solve, is one way this article suggests going about addressing those questions.
Plus, as students work to solve problems, all kinds of great things become evident. My favorite one (and one that I often see in College Comp 2) is that students find passion.