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Skill learning starts with doing a "World Project"

 

In problem-based learning, beside solving the world problem, “learning along the way” is also a goal of the work. Students must be cognitively aware of skills they are using.

 
Team Culture:

 

  • ·        What are your important values?

  • What expectations (Attitudes and Behaviors) do you have for being in this course?

 

 
How are the Life Skills integrated into the project?

Connection to "College and Career Readiness";  MassCore

Life Skill

Definition

Taught

Working as a Team

 

Come together as a team to achieve a common goal Beginning of the project.  Create a team charter (how are we going to operate)

Lots of Life Skills

 

Negotiation

Give & Take

·  Setting learning targets

·  Organizing the team roles

 

Questioning To understand, draw out and learn Socrates was one of the greatest educators who taught by asking questions and thus drawing out (as 'ex duco', meaning to 'lead out', which is the root of 'education') answers from his pupils.

Decision making

Choice, selection

Selecting between the two finalist … show tutorial

 

Study skills

 

teach students how to Study skills:

 

www.studyskills.com

  •  manage time

  •  be organized

  •  improve reading comprehension

  •  listen effectively

  • take more comprehensive notes

  • communicate more effectively in written and oral expression

 

During the meeting:

 

  • Listening, communicating and expression

  • Prepare for presentations

  • Planning process

  • Scheduling processes

 

Innovation

Improvement, invent, advance

During reflection,  How can I make a process better?

 

Entrepreneurship

Creating value where there was none!

 During reflection.

Learning from failure

 

This reminds me of IDEO’s philosophy of “fail early and often to succeed at the end”.

Not success, dissatisfaction

Dyson argues that there is more we can learn from failures than from successes.  Failure is a dress rehearsal for success. I am always struck by James Dyson’s claim that he built 5,127 prototypes before he got it right.

Rapid prototyping solutions and seeing what works.

Risk taking/ Stretch goals

Possibility, Chance

Probability

Strive for more innovative solutions, Shaping process

 

Planning

Arrangement, scheduling, forecasting

Developing plan for World project

 

Measurements/ feedback

Extent, coverage, range

Setting learning goals, How do we validate?

Balanced scorecard used in financial measurements

 

Process methods

Method, course of action, procedure

Problem solving process, Decision process,

Use tools

 

Continuous improvement/ Quality

Value, worth, excellence

Continue to make the process or results better

Quality plan review

 

Collaboration

Relationship, teamwork

During team meeting, 6-hat exercise

 

Self-control/ Values

Ethics, morals, principles,

Will-power, restraint 

Conduct one-self with others, Develop a set of values to operate with

 

Character traits

http://character.org/

Personality,

defines “character” comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and doing

 

Thinking skills

Thinking does not occur spontaneously but must be evoked by problems and questions or by some perplexity; confusion or doubt … John Dewey

 

What the term refers to is the human capacity to think in conscious ways to achieve certain purposes. Use of the mind to form thoughts, to reason, to reflect.

Problem solving process,

Wall hanging, Done thru facilitation  

  • Creative thinking

  • Critical thinking

  • Meta-cognitive reflection

  • Questioning

  • System thinking

Time management  …MIT (Most important Task)

Point in time, control, schedule  MIT first on list, Prioritize tasks

 

Setting schedule, follow it

Part of planning process

Financial literacy

Monetary, Economic, Fiscal,

Mastery, Knowledge

  • Planning, cost structure

  • Become a critical consumer, loans

  • Risk management

  • Income

  • Money management

  • Planning, saving and investing

  • Happiness quotient ... How do you measure it?

 

Problem Solving

Challenge, solving, difficult

Following the process in solving the World problem

 Social intelligence

 social rules, effective listening, people watching, social self-efficacy, image management 

 During the problem solving process

Listening Skills    

 

 

 

Good overview of the process

 

Character

1.       The school community promotes core ethical and performance values as the foundation of good character.

2.       The school defines “character” comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and doing.

3.       The school uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development.

4.       The school creates a caring community.

5.       The school provides students with opportunities for moral action.

6.       The school offers a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them to succeed.

7.       The school fosters students’ self-motivation.

8.       The school staff is an ethical learning community that shares responsibility for character education and adheres to the same core values that guide the students.

9.       The school fosters shared leadership and long-range support of the character education initiative.

10.    The school engages families and community members as partners in the character-building effort.

11.    The school regularly assesses its culture and climate, the functioning of its staff as character educators, and the extent to which its students manifest good character.

www.character.org

 
Documents\The Partnership for Twenty-First-Century Skills.pdf
Documents\Character Strengths and Virtues_07052016.pdf