Monday, 10 April 2017

Week 2

"What 60 Schools Can Tell Us About Teaching 21st Century Skill" and reflecting how 20th century and 21st century skills differ? Do we need both?

  • Student ownership of learning
  • Problem solving
  • Change is not hard but uncomfortable
  • Crossing boundaries, integrating subjects
  • Relevant
  • Authentic reflection
  • Innovation
  • Creative spaces
  • Thinking, designing
  • Teach into the unknown (different skills for this)
  • Self evolving learners - we need to become self-evolving organisations and we are not good at this, we need to embrace constant change
  • “Preparing our students for their future, not our past”
  • “ If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow…”  John Dewey
  • We have known for 120 years what good learning looks like through the likes of Dewey
  • 21st century learning is driven by the technology we have and really utilising it to help prepare our students for the future by being innovative, creative, problem solving thinkers.
  • 20th century learning is more focused on obtaining facts and knowledge. Less integration and creativity was involved on the children’s part. A lot more teacher driven compared to the student centred learning of the 21st century.
  • There is still a place for both but their needs to be more of a focus on the 21st century skills, lets not “rob our children of tomorrow” like Dewey said.

Skills of 21st Learners

5 Most important skills of 21st learners (my opinion)
Problem solving
Managing Self

Class top ones
  • Problem solving
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Resilience
  • Communication

21st C skills from ITL (Innovative teaching and learning research)
Knowledge construction
Real world problems/innovations
Itc for learning
Skilled communication

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