90 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
Once we modeled how to use the graphic organizers, this created a clear path for students to define their
problems, generate multiple solutions, and select and develop a solution into a prototype. These student-generated solutions ranged from posters designed to ensure a conflict-free boys bathroom, signed
community agreements for playground behavior, and specific solutions to interpersonal problems.
Diana’s Rickshaw Project
Real learning doesn’t stop in the classroom. It moves into the world where it can be applied in students’
lives. Several weeks after our unit an email and several pictures from Diana and her parents provided us
with an illustration of how PBL engages learners to take initiative, make plans, and act. Below are some
excerpts from their note.
We saw a clear difference in our children's mindset since living in India and since they have begun studying
at ASB. As we drove on our way to school these past months, Diana showed a lot of concern watching
people driving around without helmets, no seatbelts etc. She wondered why they were risking their life
and what she could do... So one day she announced: " I know whom I want to be when I grow up - a scientist.
And I already have my first invention - a pink rickshaw with the seatbelts!" We laughed, praised her and
thought it was cute. But then we realised how amazing that this little mind came out with her own idea,
willing to help, and change the world for the better. So we sponsored a little pink rickshaw with a seatbelt
and the important message Diana wanted to share, to raise awareness of traffic safety. With this email,
we wanted to thank the school, and particularly Diana's teachers, for inspiring and promoting creativity
and social responsibility in such young children. We thought you would be proud to see (one of) the fruit
of your daily work.
Lisa & Fulco
A student created and posted this sign to solve conflicts that were happening in the boys bathroom