Outfitting students to compete and thrive in a global economy goes beyond the three R’s. How do you teach “ility”: adaptability, flexibility, reliability, responsibility, etc.? 21st century skills emerge from both what you teach and, more importantly, how you teach.
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills delineates specific skills in the area of Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes; Learning and Innovation; Information, Media, and Technology; Life and Career. In addition, IDE Corp. promotes an additional four:
- Hyperlinking Narrative – Learning to read and write in three dimensions (across, down, and out through links)
- Dynamic Design – Learning to design solutions to problems that are continually changing to address society’s needs
- Anticipatory Thinking – Learning to solve problems while taking into consideration implementation obstacles and unintended consequences
- Simul-Tasking – Learning to engage in a variety of tasks all focused on the same goal to stimulate thinking; as opposed to multi-tasking, which causes the brain to lose productivity
Achieving 21st century skills requires changing the how of learning: putting students in charge of their own learning with significant structures to enable them to meet with success.
Consider . . .
• Designing Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms
• Developing a 21st Century Skills Attainment Team
• Leading teachers to build 21st century skills in their classrooms