Problem Solving?


1. You should’ve completed the followings last week: (1) blog 3rd & 4th post, (2) Learning adventure outline, and (3) C&I Peer evaluation

2. Upcoming Timeline

  • 4/14 Learning Adventure Day 2: Creating a Website with your outline
  • 4/16 Learning Adventure Day 3: Creating a video with iMovie and a Google Form
  • 4/21 Learning Adventure Day 4: Individual Feedback
  • 4/23 Last Day of the Class [Learning Adventure Submission Due]: Presenting your learning adventure and blogs
  • 4/28 No class meeting: CRP reflection Due, Blogging 5th reflection Due
  • 4/29 Grades Update; PLEASE use a Self-Checklist to get an A in this class.




PART ONE: Problem-based learning (PBL) vs. Project-based learning (PBL)

I believe most of us won’t like to learn something that is not applicable in our daily life, right?  I remember I always asked myself the same question when I was learning advanced mathematics in high school.  For example, calculating the probability.  Do I need to know what the probability of taking a green ball out of the bag while there are 2 green balls mixed with 3 red balls and 2 yellow balls?  Therefore, we try to make everything more real and applicable.  That is the problem-based learning.  We try to solve the real-world/ authentic problems.  You see a lot of problem-based learning in architecture education, business education and medical education.

A lot of problem-based learning is strongly connected with project-based learning.  Project-based learning does not need to tackle with a real-world problem.  At the same time, students are usually more involved or have much more control in the project.

Let’s watch this video about problem-based learning and project-based learning. 


PART TWO: Problem solving and Critical Thinking

You are going to create a Learning Adventure to promote problem solving skills and critical thinking.

Within your group – respond to one of the following questions:

  • There are 2 types of problems: open-ended and close-ended. Which was the balancing activity? Which was the marshmallow challenge?
  • When have you experienced the problem-based learning approach in your classes? (What is problem-based learning?)

How is this connected to critical thinking?

Here’s the NETS for problem solving (and other related areas):

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
b. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
c. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
d. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.



Keep the meaning of problem solving and critical thinking, review your learning adventure outline.

Again, all TO DO LIST for the Learning Adventure Project is in the LearningAdventureRubric.

You can view your and other students’ ideas for learning adventure project here


1. I will help the class with creating a video and Google Form.

2. You should have your Learning Adventure Website with your menus before the class begins.

3. You should have your video, Google Form, and draft of activities in your Learning Adventure by the end of the class.

4.. Again, the Learning Adventure Submission Due is next Thursday, Apr, 23rd.




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