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Developing Creative Problem-Solving Skills Using Calvert Learning’s PLUS Approach

Developing Creative Problem-Solving Skills Using Calvert Learning’s PLUS Approach

It’s no secret. Children are natural, creative problem-solvers. From solving puzzles today to dismantling your computer tomorrow, it’s how they learn about the world around them—and have fun! Yet, 90 percent of educators surveyed in a recent, multinational study say that schools don’t do enough to integrate creative problem-solving into their curriculum. And, employers routinely complain that prospective workers lack the problem-solving skills essential in today’s workplace.

At Calvert Learning, we’re addressing those concerns with every lesson.

Making Learning Fun and Engaging

In our new PLUS approach to learning, your students will actively engage in projects that allow them to apply what they learn, use it in practical and meaningful ways, and then showcase it to demonstrate mastery and build confidence.

These grade-appropriate projects are carefully chosen and woven right into the lessons to reinforce learning. Using materials readily available in the classroom or home, they emphasize real-world problem-solving skills—not busywork.

For example:
In a grade 1 English language arts unit, students will create their own story about “The Best Day Ever!” as they begin to learn the elements of plot, setting, and character in literature.

In a grade 3 social studies unit, students will develop a plan to start “Your Very Own Business!”—reinforcing the basics of making and managing money.

 

In our grade 8 science lesson, “What is Energy?,” students will develop an energy conservation plan for the home by analyzing energy bills and conducting their own research. So, in the process of learning about potential and kinetic energy, your student may also be able to help cut their family’s energy bill and save the planet.

Guiding You and Your Students at Every Step

If this all sounds like a lot of work, don’t worry. With detailed teaching notessupply lists, and grading rubrics that set clear expectations and grading criteria for both instructors and students, you’ll have the support you both need to succeed at every step.

Interested in partnering with Edmentum to bring Calvert Learning curricula to your students? Check out our website to learn more!

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Teresa Tirabassi received her B.S. from Notre Dame of Maryland University and has worked at Calvert Learning since 2008 in both the curriculum and marketing departments. As part of the Edmentum team, Teresa is excited to support teachers and help them make a difference in their students’ lives no matter where they live.

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