The fundamental principles of 21st-century education/learning are based on the notion that in order to keep pace with the demands of the 21st century and its rapidly changing technology, we need to rethink the skills being taught in today's classroom.

"Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as those that separate students who are prepared for a more and more complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not. A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future." Partnership for 21st Century Skills

In order to develop critical thinking skills, students must be given the opportunity to think deeply about issues, solve problems creatively, work in teams, and communicate clearly using a variety of media. It is less about students getting the right answers and more about students asking the right questions.

A 21st century classroom involves:
  • Up-to-the-minute content that is relevant to students’ lives
  • Bringing the world into the classroom and promoting global connections
  • Taking the students out into the world beyond the classroom
  • Creating opportunities for students to interact with each other and work collaboratively
  • Creating authentic learning experiences for students, including the use of technology

We must prepare students for the future and for the demands of jobs that have not yet been created! One way to accomplish this is to build a classroom that integrates the 4 skills with creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

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Come back next month for more on 21st Century Skills and learn more on how to create a 21st Century classroom setting.