I believe the concept of project-based learning is an important aspect of teaching. However, not many teachers are able to effectively carry out these ideas. Many schools enforce writing an essential question on the board, but few teachers actually explain the question in an in depth way. Students are not able to get all of the answers the essential question is asking for. Students learn the answers to these questions only for short-term purposes. If all teachers were required to created projects based on these questions then students would be able to retain the information for the long-term.
Teaching children real world problems through gaming and other technological activities is important if the end goal is for the students to remember the information. Children often go home from school and see their parents watching the news, but they do not take anything away from a newscast. However if children are playing games based on real world struggles, they will remember and want to get more involved. The idea that the article “Design Thinking: Creative Ways to Solve Problems” expresses about bullying is very interesting to me. I thought this was a great way for students to see the effects of what happens. This situation was able to draw emotion out of students. When students are passionate, they learn better. It is important for children to use their creativity to solve problems instead of reciting information back to teachers on tests.
Creativity is slowly being lost within schools. Teachers are not challenging students. It is vital for students to fail every once in a while. This challenges them to think in different, more efficient ways. Problem-based learning is a great way to start incorporating creativity back into classroom settings. In Eeva Reeeder’s classroom, she is challenging them to use their knowledge learned in the classroom to apply to the real world. Most students do not get the opportunity to do this, and their creativity cannot be developed. Reeder’s students are solving problems, coming up with creative techniques, and are challenging what they already know. Overall, I believe this is the best way for students to understand the information they are given. Problem-based learning should be incorporated into every school system to challenge the minds of the students and to fully develop students’ potentials.