"CBL facilitates connections — deeper relationships that evolve between classmates and myself as co-collaborator on the learning journey. It is these connections that help kids see that they matter, that help them care."
"How do I get my students to be engaged and care about learning?" This question confounds educators in schools around the world each and every day. Challenge Based Learning (CBL) offers a solution to this puzzle for students of all ages. Although the original focus of CBL was working with junior and high school age students, with the proper scaffolding Challenge Based Learning can be effectively used in elementary classrooms.
As a former 5th grade teacher, I can attest to spirit of curiosity and questioning, the quest for innovation, and desire to change the status quo which is evident in students this age. Unfortunately, when these skills are neglected they diminish at an alarming rate as students progress through their schooling. CBL offers a way to encourage and cultivate these critical learning attributes in our elementary and middle school students.