A 21st century education is about giving students the skills they need to succeed in this new world, and helping them grow the confidence to practice those skills. With so much information readily available to them, 21st century skills focus more on making sense of that information, sharing and using it in smart ways.
A 21st century teaching means utilizing everything that is important in today’s world so that students will be able to live and prosper in today’s economy, as well as having the ability to guide students to prepare them for future.
The following are the 21st century skills:
Critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, analysis, interpretation, synthesizing information.
Research skills and practices, interrogative questioning.
Creativity, artistry, curiosity, imagination, innovation, personal expression.
Oral and written communication, public speaking and presenting, listening.
Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, facility in using virtual workspaces.
Information and communication technology (ICT) literacy, media and internet literacy, data interpretation and analysis, computer programming.
Civic, ethical, and social-justice literacy.
Scientific literacy and reasoning.
The ability to think critically and creatively, to collaborate with others, and to communicate clearly sets students up for success in their careers, but also empowers them to lead happier, healthier lives.
Some of the innovative active learning strategies that facilitates critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity (the 4 Cs of 21st century learning) are:
Group tasks, projects and activities.
Peer Teaching and Reviewing.
Bringing the school into the 21st century requires taking the lead instead of trailing behind, actively seeking out new ways of doing things and staying in touch with the world outside of the education system. Change on a broad scale requires leadership in the classroom and across the school community.