x x learning

A few years ago I remember a veteran teacher telling me that I needed to learn about Project Based Learning… Or was it Problem Based Learning. Actually, I can’t remember because he just said “PBL.”

With that, let’s get this out of the way right now:

PBL (Click on the photo for a great article)

Another look below at Project Based Learning in this video, compared to the way most of us were taught


And, CBL,  is my favorite of the three. Actually, until this week, I’ve never investigated it before, but I love the idea of coming to different solutions. And, I think it’s clearly laid out and easy to understand.

It’s safe to say, all three frameworks have much in common. All 3 (PBL, PBL, and CBL), look to solve real world problems. Given this, as a teacher, I can’t ignore the news – as much as I would love the peace that brings. We need to stay informed, so that we can help our students be informed about global issues.

The IB offers teachers and students guidance with selecting real world problems in their global contexts for the MYP.

I was really lucky to collaborate with an MYP English Class this year, in reading A Long Walk to Water through a Fairness and Development lens, The real world issue was water crisis. The book was a solid look at the water crisis in Sudan, and we gave students a country to research that has a water crisis. There were lots of thoughts and ideas shared by students. We didn’t, however, come up with any solutions. Had we been using a CBL approach, perhaps, this would have happened. Upon reflection, it might have been a great approach for the unit.

Taking all this into account, what would all this mean to my curricular area (librarian, heading back to middle/high English) and my own theory of technology in the classroom? Welp, in the previous courses, I’ve formed some thoughts on this. But, before I jump the gun and say that I’m all in on Challenge Based Learning, I’d like to finish course 4. After all, this week is called “The Past” and I know from experience the past is no place to dwell.

Tech fits into all this as the tool, as we’ve discussed so often here. It could be ways to communicate and collaborate. Being in China, we wouldn’t use GSuite, rather we would do most of the collaborating and communicating using office 365.

All of these frameworks demand collaboration and communication from students. Rather than just coming to class and sitting at a desk, I will want students to be communicating and collaborating. Office  365 is the platform for this here in China, while most collaborative sites are blocked.

Someone share this with me the other day – Chatzy and it’s not blocked. No signup required, too. It could be a cool tool to use within any of these frameworks.






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One Response to x x learning

  1. Ryan Harwood says:

    What if every class that read A Long Walk to Water approached it as a challenge based project? Oh man. You’ve got me thinking now. Can you imagine the ideas and possible solutions to a real world problem that students would generate? Can’t wait to see what your future brings…


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