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Lessons for 21st-Century Learners

Edutopia – Jennifer Osborne

“Collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity are the 4 Cs of a 21st-century learner, according to the Partnership for 21st Century Learning. Given that technology use continues to expand in schools, it’s worthwhile to think of how that technology can function in assignments designed to develop the skills our students need.” (more)

STEM VS. STEM+A [Arts]

SRQ – Jacob Ogles

“Few acronyms developed such ubiquity in the world of education as STEM. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math became the 21st-century buzzwords surrounding education in a world dominated by computers and a growing sense that Asian academia has started to surpass the United States when it came to providing young people the skills to thrive in a digital future. On the Gulf Coast alone, millions have been spent to turn most middle school classrooms into technology labs.” (more)

Bringing the 5 Cs into your classroom

E-School News – Gregory Firn

“The learning spectrum is broad: On one end, there’s the student who loves a challenge; at the other exists one who consistently doubts his or her ability to successfully complete that challenge—and there are countless other types of students in between. Whether students are best suited to a traditional lecture, independent reading, or working with peers in a more visual environment, it’s well known that no two learn in the same manner.” (more)

Using creative classroom design to promote instructional innovation

The Hechinger Report – Tara García Mathewson

“Ann Marie Lynam has been a teacher in Long Island’s Baldwin Schools for 14 years, but this year she says her teaching has changed drastically. She supports much more student collaboration and autonomy, and not because of any revolutionary training session she attended but because of a classroom redesign that has fundamentally altered the way she does her job. That was always the goal. Shari Camhi, Baldwin’s superintendent, invited staff members to apply to redesign their classrooms last year as a strategy for bringing more innovative instruction to the district.” (more)

Dos & don’ts for fostering creativity and innovation in the classroom

E-School News – Mariam Nazaryan

“To make your classroom creative and innovative, you have to become a role model for the students. Demonstrate passion toward your subject and it will reach your students. For example, instead of monologue lectures and textbooks, show TED talk videos or documentaries whenever applicable. Demonstrate concepts using real objects. If it is a botany class, bring plants and show how to grow them correctly. The innovative approaches make digesting new information easier and more visual.” (more)

The 3 superpowers of collaborative nonfiction writing

E-School News – Ken Haynes

“Kids love to tell and share stories, but writing nonfiction is different, because they have to take concepts or events and not only understand them, but convey that information in writing. For many kids, it’s hard enough to show what they know verbally, but having to develop and then convey their thoughts and levels of understanding in writing can be very difficult.” (more)