November 13, 2018
Reflection is a key piece of the CBL framework because it allows the learner to think deeply about the process and become aware of how they make decisions and learn. If each time I address a challenge I become more aware of my thinking processes and tendencies the better learner I will become. As I become a better learner I develop better solutions.
June 25, 2018
Our future depends on creating caring, responsible and active communities. Prosperous communities depend on individual understanding, commitment, responsibility, and action. Developing learners with these qualities and behaviors is a critical role for our educational systems.
This challenge provides an opportunity to actively explore communities, learn deeply about them, and learn how to take action to improve them.
April 13, 2018
With the growth of brain imaging technologies and techniques the amount we know about how the brain works are expanding rapidly. The need to critically think through and apply the emerging concepts of neuroscience and the ideas of brain-based learning make neuroscience a fertile Big Idea and provide opportunities for a compelling set of challenges for all ages.
April 5, 2018
In a world that is rapidly changing with new complex challenges emerging every day the best gift we can give our learners is a passion for learning and a framework to help them solve challenges small and large.
April 4, 2018
Math. For some, the word math brings dread, for others excitement. There is not a more polarizing subject area in schools or one that has as much power in deciding student’s destiny. We encourage you to make math meaningful to keep doors open (or re-open them) for all learners.
March 29, 2018
Learning how to listen attentively and think before we speak is a skill that will make our communities, families, classrooms, and the world a better place. Listening is truly an essential Big Idea for success and survival.
March 22, 2018
Who doesn’t need a little more kindness? Developing a Challenge from the Big Idea of kindness provides an opportunity to explore concepts that transcend cultures and have philosophical, structural, personal, and practical components. The Big Idea of kindness allows for various depths of analysis and the creation of challenges by all ages of learners in all contexts.
March 16, 2018
Justice is a prototypical Big Idea because it is inspirational, desirable, and directional. It provides hope, gives us something to aim for and parameters for making decisions. The challenge to promote justice should be a daily and ongoing effort to understand and make short-term gains while aspiring to a just society for everyone on earth.
March 6, 2018
This challenge focuses on the process of iteration, combines it with CBL and directs it at improving an idea or process to make a positive impact on a community. Learning to refine actions to reach the desired result is an essential skill for the CBL process and life.
March 6, 2018
The purpose of the Investigation phase of Challenge Based learning is twofold – to guide the learning process and to set the foundation for the solution prototype.
February 28, 2018
Health is a Big Idea that impacts everyone. It cuts across science, history, policy, habits, age, gender, culture and geography. As a source for a challenge, health can be contextualized and made meaningful in almost every situation.
February 18, 2018
This challenge provides an opportunity for learners to explore the Big Idea of gender inequality in a local context while surveying the broader global conversation.