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What are classes would you offer to today's students to help improve their education?

What classes would you add a options to all students to help them learn?

I came up with a few:

1) Reasoning- Reason is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, applying logic, for establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information. It is closely associated with such characteristically human activities as philosophy, science, language, mathematics, and art, and is normally considered to be a definitive characteristic of human nature. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reason)

2) Learning-Learning is acquiring new, or modifying and reinforcing existing, knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning)

3) Critical thinking-Critical thinking is a way of deciding whether a claim is always true, sometimes true, partly true, or false.( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_thinking)

4) Active Listening- Active listening is a communication technique that requires the listener to feed back what they hear to the speaker, by way of re-stating or paraphrasing what they have heard in their own words, to confirm what they have heard and moreover, to confirm the understanding of both parties.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_listening)

5) Study skills-Study skills or study strategies are approaches applied to learning. They are generally critical to success in school, considered essential for acquiring good grades, and useful for learning throughout one's life. There are an array of study skills, which may tackle the process of organizing and taking in new information, retaining information, or dealing with assessments. They include mnemonics, which aid the retention of lists of information, effective reading, and concentration techniques, as well as efficient note taking. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studying)

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  • Jul 25 2013: If I was to suggest classes that would help kids to learn I would include something that promotes creativity and their own personal interests. Kids learn when they are engaged so it is important to give them the opportunity to learn, and grow their creativity. Have a class where the student starts with an interest and delves deeper into that. It could be anything from a personal interest to a worldwide issue. Some kind of project based learning (PBL) that they have a say in could be very beneficial. They can help create the rubric that holds the criteria on which they will be assessed. Let them choose how to present their project. If they are artistic then give them a chance to present artistically (through painting, music, dance, etc.). A "Creativity Class" like this could help those kids that just aren't engaged on a daily basis and it could also connect with other areas of the curriculum depending on how the teacher wants to focus it.

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