The Guide

The Guide is for teachers or leaders of an upcoming  NBL program.  To get the full benefit of NBL, leaders can understand the underlying educational principles of NBL by reading The Guide.  The Guide focuses on student-centered learning and how to stimulate discussions and encourage students to explore and use the 4 Cs. 

The four Cs are critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication.  Leaders of a NBL program need to learn how to encourage student involvement, and how NOT to give answers, but offer challenging questions to guide students to explore.  This sounds simple, but it isn’t.  

Teaching well is made difficult from our experience as students from years of teacher centered learning and our dependence on testing and more testing.  We have all sat through hours  of lectures and “spoon fed” lessons.  I remember taking an “education” course in college where the professor read from his book.  We all slept.

Students  learn to memorize, and we developed strategies to memorize better.  Because we have learned this way, many teachers follow these methods by talking too much, explaining too much. If you find yourself talking and talking, students will become bored and learning is not deep.  NBL encourages students to explore, to discover. 

NBL is student-centered and encourages participation and communication.  If this teaching style is new to you, we encourage you to read The Guide. The Guide will help understand the methods to encourage 21st century learning.  We have also linked in our Menu the websites that advocates the best student-centered methodology, PBL.  Please check these links if you are not familiar to student-centered learning.

The Guide also explains in detail the purpose of The Challenges, and how to get the most out of these.  The Guide helps with common issues of working with small groups.  Group learning is powerful, but encouraging all to participate take some techniques and strategies.  In addition, The Guide explains clearly the benefits of Project Based Learning (PBL) and the importance of active participation to learning.  Finally, The Guide gives an intellectual framework for student centered teaching methodologies. 

Once you select the topic you plan to conduct (register), we will send you the relevant Topic Reading and The Challenges that go with this.  The Guide is sent to you free of charge.