If New Year’s Resolutions Were Concept-Based

If New Year’s resolutions where concept-based

When you work concept-based you will go a little bit deeper and you will be able to transfer the knowledge to other areas of your life.

How? Let me give you three examples, going from more simple to more complex use of concept-based learning and thinking.

1) Take the concept ‘creativity’. If you are strong at it you can transfer it into many areas in your life, both privately and professionally, so let’s say cooking, writing, drawing, physics, daily problem-solving, architecture, presentations, for example.

2) Take the concept ‘change’. If working in school with the theme “autumn” you may be looking at the circle of life, harvest, apples, colours in the forest, temperature etc.
However, if you instead focus on the concept ‘change’ with the students, and add “autumn” as the you have instantly drawn the focus on the capacity of transferability of the specific concept ‘change’ instead of autumn and the learning gets breadth and width.

3) Take the concept ‘causation’. It helps with general problem-solving or trying to solve a challenge between people. The concept ‘causation’ in itself, constitutes of a decision and an outcome.

So instead of talking of who is right and who is wrong you can point to the fact all decisions have an outcome. Then you can look at the decision and the outcome more broadly instead of saying one is right or wrong.


  • I love it! Going to the IB course “Concept-based learning” in Athens, a few years ago, was game-changing. IB people; I can highly recommend it!

My concepts for the first part of 2023 are:

Care
Courage
Collaboration
Compassion
Calm

Happy, Sparkling 2023!

Photo taken in Luleå, northern Sweden.

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