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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Challenge Based Learning

My husband, an Eagle Scout, and I were talking last night how much the Challenge Based Learning is like an Eagle Scout Project.

Eagle Scout rank is earned after completing a series of merit badges, various other ranks and completion of a project.  The project is community service based.  They have no other guidance than it needs to be community service.

They have to pick a project, research how to do it, plan its execution, manage the execution, document what was done and then present the project to a board of review.  That, in a nut shell, is what challenge based learning is all about.

So, the next question is - what can my child do as a challenge based learning project?  Well, there are a variety of community service projects that would qualify, and there are religion/social justice projects galore.  The beautiful part is getting your child started and letting them go after something that is of interest to them.  When they are personally invested, they take ownership and want to succeed.

We're going to start some challenge based learning here.  Their first attempt will be small scale.  It must be something they can accomplish on their own.  After trying it solo, I will be having the kids work with others (either through BSA, AHG or other homeschoolers) to develop their collaboration skills.

What could you have your kids do?

I've started a list which is based on the Corporal Works of Mercy.  This would also be a great confirmation service hour project.

Corporal Works of Mercy
  1. Feed the hungry
  2. Give drink to the thirsty
  3. Clothe the naked
  4. Shelter the homeless
  5. Visit the sick
  6. Visit those in prison
  7. Bury the dead

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