Academy 39 Participants: Choose one of the three 21st century learning skills found on this site and post a brief reaction to how the skill connects to your field of instruction. (End of Class 1)
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When I clicked on Learning and Innovation, I found three "c's" that applied perfectly to my fifth grade students: creative work, critical thinking, and communication. As middle school students are at an age where they thirst for responsibility and independence, we are constantly looking to provide opportunity for growth in these areas. Through differentiation, it is important to give students different outlets for expressing themselves, interacting with others, and developing their own voice. Technology can help me as an educator by bringing another tool to the classroom that enables these things to happen.
Respect cultural differences and work effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds
The above skill is a HUGE part of my job. We try to start in elementary school to introduce students to different cultures through the learning of Spanish. Not only are they learning a language, they are learning how to communicate with an entirely different culture.
Learning and Innovation Skills are certainly relevant (one hopes!) in any classroom. Encouraging and guiding students to creative processes and products, as well as higher level thinking are critical components of an engaging classroom. My initial thoughts while reading the description were the direct connections to the writing process, differentiated activities and projects, and working with students on identifying the different levels of thinking.
I'm going to be different (for a change) and say that all three of these areas apply to my role in the district. As a building leader, I am concerned with the development of the whole child. The Life and Career Skills strand, the Learning and Innovation strand, and the Information, Media, and Technology strand are equally critical for 21st century learners. How's that for a politically correct answer?!!!
Learning and Innovation Skills are a very important part of my job as an LBS. My particular population has difficulty clearly communicating ideas to one another, a critical skill in today's world. Students (and people) need to be able to effectively communicate for a variety of purposes, be it to inform, instruct, motivate or persuade. Students need to be able to manipulate a wealth of technologies, so my job is to teach them not only how to use those technologies but also the necessary communication tools.
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