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With the growth of brain imaging technologies and techniques the amount we know about how the brain works are expanding rapidly. The need to critically think through and apply the emerging concepts of neuroscience and the ideas of brain-based learning make neuroscience a fertile Big Idea and provide opportunities for a compelling set of challenges for all ages.
Who doesn’t need a little more kindness? Developing a Challenge from the Big Idea of kindness provides an opportunity to explore concepts that transcend cultures and have philosophical, structural, personal, and practical components. The Big Idea of kindness allows for various depths of analysis and the creation of challenges by all ages of learners in all contexts.
Justice is a prototypical Big Idea because it is inspirational, desirable, and directional. It provides hope, gives us something to aim for and parameters for making decisions. The challenge to promote justice should be a daily and ongoing effort to understand and make short-term gains while aspiring to a just society for everyone on earth.
Effective collaboration is considered a critical factor for success in school, work, and life. But how much time do we spend thinking about what makes effective collaboration and how it intersects with other concepts such as personalization and competition? As is the case with all Big Ideas there is a lot to learn by exploring the concept of collaboration. And what better what to explore collaboration than to embed it in a challenge?