21st-century learning is a term that identifies skills and practices that are most important in the 21st-century classroom. It identifies past practices that are no longer relevant to the classroom and should be updated or entirely left behind. “The term “21st-century skills” is generally used to refer to certain core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving that advocates believe schools need to teach to help students thrive in today’s world”(Rich, 2010).
While it is great to identify these skills and practices, surely it would be even better to apply what we’ve learned to our planning and our classrooms. This week I’ve begun the process of bringing the 21st-century skills into my classroom.
To begin, I chose a lesson that has been part of my Baking curriculum for quite some time. The experience is about the most common categories of baking ingredients and the purpose they have in recipes. It is only by really understanding this information that students are able to start making changes to recipes to make them healthier and friendlier to those who suffer from food allergies.
In this new version of the lesson, I have included more chances for the students to work together in small groups and larger ones. The Chromebooks are used for research as well as creation. The biggest challenge in planning this lesson was deciding how technology fit best in the plan. I decided on using an application called Popplet so students can create a web with the information they find. Critical thinking and problem-solving are incorporated in the lesson so that students aren’t just learning information but USING it. All of the changes are supported by 21st Century learning.
This is just the first step on a long path, and I’m looking forward to the journey!
Rich, E. (2010). How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning? – Education Week. [online] Edweek.org. Available at: https://www.edweek.org/tsb/articles/2010/10/12/01panel.h04.html [Accessed 1 Feb. 2019]