A Framework for Engaging minds and Nurturing Thinkers in Grades 6-12
The instructional pattern of “teaching as telling, learning as listening” has remained a tradition for generations. However, the 21st century requires a different approach. Through author Ted McCain’s problems-first instructional method, educators present their curriculum to students as a problem to solve – rather than as content to listen to – and then equip students with transferable processing skills that will help them effectively address challenges in school and beyond. Filled with problems-first lesson examples and tips for elevating students’ thinking, Problems-First Learning provides step-by-step guidance for teachers to increase students’ engagement and development of real-world skills in their classrooms.
- Consider the thinking and processing skills that students need in the 21st century
- Recognise the shortcomings of a traditional lecture-based instructional method
- Understand how a problems-first teaching style can equip students with higher-level thinking skills
- Assess their current classroom methods and learn how to shift to problems-first practices
- Review examples of problems-first lesson plans
About the Author:
Ted McCain is coordinator of the Digital Arts Academy for Maple Ridge School District in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has taught at the high school level for more than 30 years.