How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning?

I found this article on the website Education Week and it discussed 21st Century Learning. What makes this particular article unique is it draws upon different credible sources to get an idea of how they are viewing this type of learning. Some of the people that share their opinions are:

  • Barnett Berry
    Founder and CEO, Center for Teaching Quality

  • Sarah Brown Wessling
    2010 National Teacher of the Year

  • Karen Cator
    Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

  • Steve Hargadon
    Founder, Classroom 2.0; Social Learning Consultant, Elluminate

Clearly all of these people can be seen as excellent sources for commenting on this subject. They all have strong positions in one way or another within the education community. As a student preparing to go into the classroom, I am more likely to trust what they have to say because they have the experience to back up their points. Really a great article, take a look and feel free to leave some comments on what you thought.



Curriculum Materials Library

Jackpot! I found a great resource that supplies hundreds of lesson plans that connect to different curriculums! I looked through a few of them and the lesson plans dealing with Language Arts and those were really concise and did follow along with the state curriculum what Maryland uses.

Understanding Collegial Teaching Activities

This page is a fantastic resource when trying to better understand Collegial teaching activities. This follows along closely with Cycle 3 and what it discusses!

Some common focus areas include:

  • questioning techniques
  • giving clear instructions
  • managing group discussions
  • assessing progress and giving feedback
  • monitoring and managing challenging behaviors
  • organizing group work or multiple activities and
  • managing the materials and resources for complex classroom activities

While this is just a tiny snippet of what this page entails, I highly suggest taking a deeper look because there is so much information available!



Application is KEY to Understanding!

How many of you have simply memorized information for an exam or quiz and forgotten the information in a weeks time afterwards? This is why application is so key to classroom teaching because it allows for students to be able to use the information in the future because they have actual understanding rather than temporary understanding!! Image

Teaching Global Awareness with Arts

I found this website that explains how to teach global awareness through different arts and crafts. I remember completing different assignments in art to represent different cultures holidays and how they celebrated their seasons. Not only are teachers applying project-based learning, but also spreading awareness of different backgrounds as well.

Project-Based Learning Workshop Activities

I was able to locate another source from EDUtopia in regards to Project-Based Learning. This page provides different workshop activities for educators to help them better understand how to teach PBL and provides many different case study videos. Lastly, there are professional papers written by different educators sharing their experiences with the teaching style and what benefits there were. The amount of information provided is a little overwhelming, but if viewed piece by piece, it will surely help you in the classroom.

Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

Great page that explains seven different essentials for teaching Project-Based Learning!

1. A Need to Know
2. A Driving Question
3. Student Voice and Choice
4. 21st Century Skills
5. Inquiry and Innovation
6. Feedback and Revision
7. A Publicly Presented Product