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:
Why Schools Need to Bring Back Shop Class Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, is the author of Creative Schools, The Element, Finding Your Element and Out of Our Minds. The Education Committee of the US Senate is currently considering the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind. Much of the original rhetoric in NCLB was about improving job readiness and employability. In a tragic irony, the focus of the last ten years has not been on improving vocational programs at all but on testing narrow academic standards. Overall, the impact on students, schools and employability has been baleful. This is the time to change. A study from 2013 estimated that almost 6 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither in school or work. In practice, our communities — and economies — depend on an enormous diversity of talents, roles, and occupations. As with many schools in the United States, the shop program at Analy High School in Sebastopol, California, had become largely irrelevant. Casey Shea, a teacher at Analy, ran with the idea.
50 Simple Ways to Make Your Baby Smarter Baby's First Year Stimulate Baby's Vision 1. Make eye contact. Take advantage of those brief moments when your newborn's eyes are open, and look right into them. Infants recognize faces early on -- and yours is the most important! 2. 3. 4. What career will my child have? Chat Her Up, Make Her Laugh 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Bond Every Chance You Get 12. 13. 14. 15. Get Physical 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Explore New Surroundings 21. 22. 23. Play and Be Silly 24. 25. 26. 27. Teach Texture 28. 29. 30. 31. Teach Language and Counting 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. Baby Sign Language: Alphabet Make Memories 37. 38. 39. 40. Tips for Toddlers 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Copyright © Reprinted with permission from Parents magazine. All content, including medical opinion and any other health-related information, is for informational purposes only and should not be considered to be a specific diagnosis or treatment plan for any individual situation.
Sir Ken Robinson 20 Quotes - Unlock the Genius Within Many people know Sir Ken Robinson from his groundbreaking 2006 TED talk about the central role of creativity in unlocking human potential. The poignant and amusing talk, Do schools kill creativity?, struck a profound chord with people the world over, who connected with his moving appeal for a more diverse understanding of human intelligence and ability. It remains to this day the most popular TED talk of all time, having been viewed nearly 50 million times since it was first delivered. Sir Ken Robinson is an international expert on education and creativity, and an advisor to governments, non-profits, educational institutions and arts bodies around the world. Originally from a working-class neighborhood of Liverpool in the UK, Sir Ken Robinson was knighted in 2003 for his lifetime of service to the arts. Every single one of the 100 billion lives who have walked the face of this earth is unique and unrepeatable. We stigmatize mistakes. Creativity is as important as literacy.
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.”
TED-ED clubs give students a platform for sharing ideas The clubs are fashioning the next generation of TED speakers one big idea at a time One of Mitzi Stover’s biggest challenges as a teacher is convincing her students they have a voice. Stover teaches speech and English at North Torrance High School in a working-class area of Los Angeles where kids seldom travel or even leave the neighborhood. “Their world is very small geographically,” Stover said during a recent presentation at the CUE 2016 national conference in Palm Springs. From her years of teaching, Stover knew that having students delve into their interests and personal experiences was one of the best ways to develop their passions — and in turn their public speaking. That’s when she turned to TED, best known for a series of conferences centered around big ideas and engaging 15-minute presentations called TED Talks. The interview went fine and Stover now runs TED-ED clubs in her two speech classes and an out-of-school club, where students meet during lunch or after school.
Math at Play :: Infants, Toddlers and Twos Infants, Toddlers and Twos (0-3 Years) A list of playful activities for infants, toddlers and twos. ▼Download PDF (0-5 Years) Telling stories helps your child learn about math. Building Blocks for Early Math, Colors and Art Skills Play! Learn how to select blocks and have fun building and playing together. What do children learn when they play? Help your child learn the language of mathematics! Help your child learn the language of mathematics! A collection of songs, chants and rhymes to support counting up, counting down, and using ordinal numbers. Early Measurement: Scooping and Pouring A two-year-old old girl explores early measurement by scooping and pouring water with her child care provider, Jana. Encourage a Love of Math for Boys and Girls (3-5 Years) Dr. Exploring Shapes and Space A young child explores shapes and space with a shape sorter. Giving Babies Simple Choices Learn simple tips for helping babies reach their miniature milestones. Labeling for Independence and Problem Solving
Ken Robinson Quotes (Author of The Element) “Public schools were not only created in the interests of industrialism—they were created in the image of industrialism. In many ways, they reflect the factory culture they were designed to support. This is especially true in high schools, where school systems base education on the principles of the assembly line and the efficient division of labor. Schools divide the curriculum into specialist segments: some teachers install math in the students, and others install history. They arrange the day into standard units of time, marked out by the ringing of bells, much like a factory announcing the beginning of the workday and the end of breaks. Students are educated in batches, according to age, as if the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture.
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
Tech Tip: Using Ted Talks in the classroom Students are asked more and more often to evaluate a wider range of media. I am always looking for tools that not only I can use in the classroom, but students will use effectively. I found that tool: TED Talks. My students search TED.com for talks that interest them. The assignment allows me to easily assess their engagement and media evaluation skills, allows for student choice, and provides frequent and meaningful student interaction with visual media. Kenny Silva teaches eighth-grade English Language Arts, US History, and technology at Easterbrook Discovery School in San Jose, Calif. Tech Tips is a content collaboration between SmartBrief Education and GreyED Solutions. Miss a Tech Tip? Related Posts No Related Posts Found