The 4Cs Research Series Skills for Today, is a series jointly released by Pearson and P21. Each paper summarizes what is currently known about teaching and assessing one of the 4Cs: Collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Our partnership on this series signifies a commitment to helping educators, policymakers, and employers understand how best to support students in developing the skills needed to succeed in college, career, and life. Available now: Subscribe to our newsletter and be notified of future publications. In collaboration with research partners at the University of Connecticut, P21 released a research series on key aspects of conceptualizing, developing, and assessing each of the 4Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity in 2015. Each of the briefs provides:
School libraries enhancing student wellbeing - SCIS The story of one of our students, Anna, demonstrates how student wellness can increase in a safe, welcoming environment where there is freedom to explore, play, and create. Anna has been coming to our library for a few years before school and during lunchtime. She is a sporty girl, but reserved. Last year, Anna entered the Ekka (The Royal Queensland Show) competition, which involved designing a toy. The school library serves the whole-school community by providing and supporting events like author visits, Readers Cup competitions, parent functions, professional presentations, social nights, hobby nights, and the list goes on. References Image credits Supplied by St Aidan's Anglican Girls’ School
Thinking Palette : Artful Thinking The framework takes the image of an artist’s palette as its central metaphor. Typically, a palette is made up of a relatively small number of basic colors which can be used and blended in a great variety of ways. The artful thinking palette is comprised of 6 thinking dispositions – 6 basic colors, or forms, of intellectual behavior – that have dual power: They are powerful ways of exploring works of art, and powerful ways of exploring subjects across the school curriculum. Click here for a Spanish version of the Artful Thinking Palette. The Artful Thinking palette comes alive through the use of “thinking routines.”
Sugata Mitra: Slum chic? 7 reasons for doubt This is a Sigatra Mitra ‘Hole-in-the-Wall’ site in India. Literally just three holes in a wall. That’s because it failed. Here’s another, set in a school playground, the computers long gone. My own research into a hole-in-the-wall project uncovered the same story - empty holes in the wall, resentful teachers and testimonies that claimed the whole project was a faulure from start to finish. Doubts My own doubts arose when I gave a TEDx talk and the speaker after me was an academic from Mitra’s department at Newcastle University. 1. Few realise that hole-in-the-wall funding came originally from from NIIT then the International Finance Corporation, a commercial Indian e-learning company and the for-profit side of the World Bank. 2. Arora, although not totally unsympathetic to the Hole-in-the-wall project, exposed a glaring weakness in the design of the experiment. 3. “Schools are obsolete” said Mitra – oh yeah? 4. 5. Warschauer (2003) is even more critical than Arora. 6. 7.
The 4 skills you need to become a global leader For many people in their twenties and thirties, career advancement trumps any quality in an employer. Why? Because the higher your function, the more opportunities you have to make a difference in your community. But what if we took a step back, and looked at the skills required to get there? “I picked up four things from my twenties that helped me hugely later in life,” he said. These skills, he said, allowed him to “move between government, private sector and academic life easily”. So how can young people looking to progress their career gain these skills nowadays? Make choices that give you flexibility “First, make sure to make choices that give you flexibility. Be aware that things don’t always go up “Second, be aware that things don’t always go up. Get as much exposure to other cultures as you can “Third, get as much exposure to other cultures as you can. Understand the importance of communication “And finally, understand the importance of communication. Share Written by