Learning Requires Action.

Be curious and inquisitive.

Ask questions about the world around you, about how and why things exist and work the way they do. Seek answers to questions you have.

Find and solve problems.

Identify problems that matter to you and investigate them, including why they exist and their existing solutions. Propose and test new solutions through experimentation. Iterate and test again.

Share your ideas and skills.

Express your ideas and skills! Participate in discussions and present your ideas to others. Your artifacts are an opportunity for you to continue to learn and apply new skills. Show others what you can do, what you think, what you have learned, and what you know. Use all the tools at your disposal (text, conversation, images, and multimedia) to effectively communicate your ideas to others.


Learning Improves with Practice.

Work hard at getting better.

The only way to get better is to practice. Practice can be frustrating and difficult. Persist through the challenges and you’ll improve.


We Learn Better Together.

Learn from people around you and help others.

Learning isn’t one-directional from mentor to learner. We all learn from the people around us. We all have special skills, talents, and knowledge that can be shared and taught to others. Work with people to learn from them and to help others learn and grow, too. Provide constructive and specific feedback to peers. Teach peers, mentors, family members, and friends. Work with peers, community members, and experts to discuss ideas, solve problems, and help one another. Listen to others when they are trying to help you. Lead others when appropriate.

See the world from other people’s viewpoints.

Everyone has his or her own experiences that shape his or her perspective of the world, events, people, and activities. Work to understand others’ perspectives and work with people who have views different than your own.


Learning Happens Everywhere and Always.

Connect your life in school with your life outside of school.

The skills you are learning, and the knowledge you are building apply to in-school and to out-of-school experiences. School and life don’t have to be separate. Make connections between what you learn in school and your life outside of school. Take the skills you learn in one space to improve what you do in the other. Get your mentors, peers, friends, family, and community involved in what you do.


Learning Drives Personal Growth.

Think about what you learn.

Reflect on your processes, feedback, setbacks, and successes and use them to grow and improve. Monitor and revise your thinking as you learn.

Ask for feedback. Give others sincere feedback.

Feedback is your friend. Feedback is used to help you improve, not as a judgment of your character. Don’t take feedback personally. Giving feedback is also important. It helps you learn more about what you know and understand about the task or subject. And, of course, giving feedback is a way of supporting others. Don’t wait for others to tell you what to do. Take initiative and reach out when you need something.

Make plans and set goals, and make them happen.

Goal-setting is critical for success and it’s something you get better at with practice. Plan for important events and deadlines, organize and prioritize your tasks, and evaluate your progress towards goals.

Work at your own pace and manage your time.

Don’t feel too much pressure to keep up with others. Work at a pace that is comfortable for you. Take more time with quests you’re really interested in or when you’re developing skills you need to work on. Evaluate your pace and energy while working on tasks. Know when you need to stay focused and keep working, but also know when you need to take a break and take it. Taking a physical and mental break when you’re feeling restless or tired is a good thing. Breaks can be energizing. They help you refocus and be more creative.