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Problems-First Learning

A Framework for Engaging Minds and Nurturing Thinkers in Grades 6–12

By: Ted McCain

Fully engage students by first introducing a problem and then empowering learners to solve it using creativity, innovation, collaboration, and other essential skills. Gain instructional methods that foster whole-mind learning, boost student engagement, and prepare learners for the modern workforce with 21st century skills.

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A teacher’s guide to boosting student engagement with the instructional method of problems-first learning

The educational pattern of lecture, listen, and forget is deeply ingrained in schools. In this user-friendly resource, author Ted McCain offers a compelling alternative that flips lessons on their heads: the problems-first instructional method. Using this method, you will fully engage students by first introducing a problem and then empowering learners to solve it using creativity, innovation, collaboration, and other essential skills.

  • Identify the need for instructional change in the current educational system.
  • Consider the transferrable skills students need for solving problems in the workplace and in life outside the classroom.
  • Study the benefits of a problems-first teaching style.
  • Learn to implement problems-first methods into existing classrooms.
  • Understand how this method teaches seven essential 21st century skills highly desired in the modern workforce.
  • Discover how to introduce role-play into the classroom and broaden lessons to encompass whole-mind learning and boost student engagement.

Related Topics

21st Century SkillsInstructionStudent Engagement


Additional Information

Product Code: BKF944

ISBN: 9781949539776

Published By: Solution Tree

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