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The Four C's: Making 21st Century Education Happen

The Four C's: Making 21st Century Education Happen
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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher Recent technological advances have affected many areas of our lives, including the way we communicate, collaborate, learn, and, of course, teach. Those advances necessitate an expansion of our vocabulary, producing definitions such as digital natives, digital immigrants, and the topic of this post—21st-century teacher. As I write this, I’m trying to recall if I ever had heard phrases such as 20th-century teacher or 19th-century teacher. Quick Google searches reassure me that there are no such word combinations. Changing 20th to 21st brings different results: a 21st-century school, 21st-century education, 21st-century teacher, 21st-century skills. I searched for Twitter hashtags and Amazon books, and the results were just the same—nothing for 20th-century teacher and a lot for 21st: #teacher21, #21stcenturyskills, #21stCTeaching, and quite a few books on 21st-century teaching and learning. 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

How Cultural Differences Influence Adolescent Development The parents of adolescents have the main responsibility of teaching children ethics. Scholars of adolescent behavior and authors of "Family and Peer Influences on Adolescent Behavior and Risk-Taking," Nancy Gonzales and Kenneth Dodge, note that while much of adolescent development happens outside the home, the culture of the family instills upon children their developmental roots. Parents coming from difference cultures emphasize different value sets and therefore teach their children different moral standards. For example, because honesty is an important concept in the West, American parents urge their children not to lie, even in situations where lying would be beneficial.

Integrating the 4 Cs into Your Classroom This is a module of trainings designed to show how technology can be used to foster the 21st Century Skills of Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. Although specific technologies are highlighted, there are hundreds more that are just as good that could be used for the same purposes! By the end of this learning module, the learner will be able to: Define the 4 Cs of 21st Century Skills. Understand how various technologies can foster these skills with your students. Evaluate and implement technologies to foster these skills in your classroom. Google is a trademark of Google.

Practical ideas: Teens & Social Networks Project-Based Learning Over time, the world of public education has grown increasingly difficult, for both students and teachers. Its focus has drifted from applicable, relevant instruction to test performance and attainment of standards. At times, the prognosis can seem bleak. By the end of this learning module, the learner will be able to: Understand the history of public education, from the tactile learning experiences of the 19th century, through the stifling “back to the basics” movement, to the innovation of project-based learning as we know it today.Explain the importance and fundamental characteristics of authentic learning, such as student-centered autonomy and academic rigor.Encourage students to move from passive reception of knowledge to the active search for knowledge.Analyze how self-monitoring, through revision and adaptation, supports student success even in times of academic struggle. hoonuit, LLC

Why Teach Multicultural Literature? | The Huffington Post iStockphoto.com I have taught literature at the college level for almost a decade and at as many as six different campuses. These have mainly been classes that were focused on non-western writing. One semester, I had assigned Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus and only a week earlier her TED talk, Danger of a Single Story had started to circulate on the web. I sent the link to my students and thought we could incorporate it into our discussion on colonialism, multiculturalism, issues of race and of course, the novel itself. Why teach U.S. students literature from different countries? Here is the video that set this off, followed by the student’s letter and my response: About the Adichie talk at the TED conference. The problem with these kinds of conversations is that you have to be really careful about how ideas are presented and in particular how things are worded. In my opinion, Adichie perfectly typifies what you could call the ugly side of multiculturalism.

21st Century Skills Concepts What is meant by "21st Century Skills?" How do they relate to what I should be teaching in my classroom? These are just some of the questions that you might be asking when you hear the term "21st Century Skills." In this series of tutorials, we will present what we mean by the terminology and how it relates to the models, frameworks, and technology standards that have been developed by other organizations. After viewing each of the tutorials, we hope you will be able to answer: What are the common themes and concepts that tie all the models, frameworks, and technology standards together?What is meant by "21st Century Skills" and why is knowing about them important? Atomic Learning is a professional development affiliate of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills which supports the integration of 21st century skills into all aspects of teaching and learning.

Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments - Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12 Note: Today's guest blogger needs no introduction. Linda Darling-Hammond (lindadh@stanford.edu) is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and founding director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She has just published Beyond the Bubble Test: How Performance Assessments Support 21st Century Learning, with her colleague Frank Adamson (Adamson@stanford.edu). Last spring, while millions of American students were bubbling in answers to multiple-choice questions on the ubiquitous tests that determine school and teacher ratings, student promotions, graduation, and college admissions, some students were meeting a higher standard. Schools in the Consortium require students to complete a well-developed literary analysis, a mathematical model, a scientific investigation, and a social science research paper. In science, Gemma conducted and wrote up an experiment about the Effect of Stress on Memory. The contrast with other countries is stark.

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