All innovation starts from a question not an answer, and for that, one must be observant to apply
critical thinking, constantly look around their world and create connections. Being reflective is where
deep learning takes place. It allows someone to look at their progress or success to ask what worked
and what didn’t, what could have been done differently and what could be built upon for next time. And
when things don’t work out, being resilient and persistent will allow a person to rebound from failure and
to turn good ideas into great ones.
Risk Taking is another hallmark of a mindset needed for success. Calculated risk is generally undertaken
after performing due diligence and accounts for any possible negative consequences, or identifying areas
where the chances of success could be higher than the chances of failure. Don’t forget that fear is a major
factor toward estimating risk. Although a person’s level of fear usually has nothing to do with an actual level
of risk faced, fear can indeed cause a person to overestimate risk while lack of fear can cause a person to
underestimate risk. Balance emotion with logic by examining the facts.
* Collaborative Inquiry-based experiential learning around topics that
leads to subject mastery - students actual perform better in testing because
they are understanding core concepts more thoroughly
* Promotes the acquisition of 21st Century skills that employers seek in
their employees, including critical thinking, collaboration, communication
and creativity - the 4Cs of future education
and skills in demand by the 21st Century workforce
* These same skills are needed to become competent entrepreneurs,
able to transform ideas and opportunities into products and services of value
* Adherence to standards set forth by UNESCO, OECD and World Federation
of Associations for Teacher Education to rethink teaching and support the creation
of innovative learning environments
SMART & Resilient
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Common Topics / Themes
Real World Learning
A mindset consists of the set of attitudes, skills and behaviors that individuals need to succeed, not only in
entrepreneurship but also academically, personally and professionally. These include: initiative and self-direction,
risk-taking, flexibility and adaptability, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving. Other
definitions include the ability to see opportunities, marshal resources and create value. Core concepts of a
growth mindset include:
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The underlying beliefs that orient our behaviors and a way of thinking - a learned cognitive model that is acquired slowly and subtly, over a long period of time as the result of experiences.
RWL in small-group learning environments transform teachers into facilitators
of knowledge, guiding their students through scaffolding while examining
real-world problems that form the basis for teaching by topics. This becomes
learning and teaching re-imagined - future education today!
Preparing students to become FUTURE READY now
through Real World Learning
Real world learning (RWL) supported by the EYE model offers a holistic and
flexible approach to learning in preparation for acquiring 21st Century
skills needed in the workforce, in entrepreneurship and for success
throughout the education continuum. RWL is often referred to as
Phenomenon or Inquiry-based Experietial Learning- and can
take place in a variety of learning environments and settings, such
as traditional classrooms, alternative learning settings, outdoor and
environmental training sites, etc. The pedagogy, methodologies and
strategies around phenomenon learning is revolutionizing education
systems throughout the world. This is the systemic change needed to
adopt an interdisciplinary approach to learning.
RWL is a hands-on approach to students acquiring a growth mindset and exposed to
academic disciplines, or field of study, as a process for thinking, reflecting and acquiring knowledge.
Phenomenon Learning + A Growth Mindset = Effective Pedagogy
To Nurture Problem Solvers
Real world learning requires not only exposure to academic disciplines or fields of study, it also
requires a growth mindset for the process for thinking and reflecting toward being able to acquire
knowledge and skills.
Don't ask students what
they want to be when they
grow up. Instead, ask them
if they know of a problem
that needs a solution.
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