Not too long ago, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released The Future of Jobs Report detailing the top skills our workforce needs in the year 2020. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will require the following skills: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgment and decision making, service orientation, negotiation, and cognitive flexibility. When we think about our current classroom activities, we must think about how what we have planned to address these particular skills. When we think about a number of these skills and the many types of curriculum designs we may use, we must strongly consider the advantages of project-based learning.
Project-based or problem-based learning (PBL) presents authentic challenges to students and they must critically think about a problem. They must be creative, work with others, and make good decisions. At times, educators have liked the idea of PBL but they just don’t know where to begin. Thankfully, there are great online resources that help with this. iTeach offers online professional development packages with these needs in mind. Courses offered include both a project-based learning course geared for K-5th grade and another course targeted for 6th-12th grade.
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