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Real world problems are important for authenticity and because they are usually interdisciplinary.  It is also a good way to form partnerships with outside experts in the community.

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Can you share examples? Would it be a technical-expert who has problems they need to solve, and maybe just acknowledging that problem for students would open their minds to opportunity? Or do you envision taking it one step further and students partnering with those experts to help solve these problems? 

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I've found that businesspeople are great experts because they usually have problems and questions that span subjects.    Students aren't necessarily helping them solve their own problem because their problems are scaled down to an age appropriate level.  That said, they are a great resource for students and the teacher too.  I've seen some discussions of teachers learning alongside students and this is one way to do it.

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