Real-World Problem-Solving


To combine content, relevance, and student interest.


Through their teacher’s instructional abilities, students deeply understand the content by investigating a real-world problem and creating a product or project as a solution.

Action Steps

  • Plan backwards: start with the content and curriculum students need to learn.
  • Determine the contexts that could be used for understanding the content.
  • What are the real world problems that people in the field grapple with?
  • What problem will the students solve, and what product will they create?
  • Find a problem that is relevant to students’ interests. Give students a choice in the problem they want to tackle (e.g., a short list of potential problems).
  • Allow students to grapple with solutions throughout the process, and to become comfortable with proposed solutions not working. Small failures followed by constructive feedback promote learning.

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