The Importance Of Teaching For 21st Century Skills

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The days of writing on chalkboards, students sitting in straight rows, and teacher directed lessons via textbooks and lectures are outdated. However, I believe student achievement is still the top priority in classrooms today. Society, along with education has changed over the years at a rapid pace. Today, schools must promote new ways of teaching and learning to prepare students for twenty first century skills. Teaching my students how to learn for themselves is important. In addition, twenty first century learning also allows my students to learn from each other, rather than what I impose on them to learn. I fell when students have a direct input into their learning, this makes for an enormous difference in the effectiveness with my students. …show more content…
However, I must evaluate how my students learn and be willing to adjust how I teach. “The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, is a group of major business and education organizations, formed in 2002 to work on closing the gap between knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplace” (MILE, 2003). Schools compete to keep up with students media filled environment. Moreover, what skills are we teaching students to be prepared for the multifaceted, technology-driven future? State standards, state mandate assessments and accountability measures must align with twenty first century skills supported at the state and district level to ensure students are engaged and motivated to learn. As a teacher of 19 years, I find this ever-evolving technology both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I know I have professionally adjusted my teaching to assist students with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in a digital learning activity. In order to best serve my students, I must incorporate the “six key elements of 21st century learning: emphasize core subjects, emphasize learning skills, use 21st century tool to develop learning skills, teach and learn in a 21st century context , teach and learn century content, and use 21st century assessment that measure 21st century skills” (MILE, 2003). I feel that I should incorporate these elements as individual pieces of a puzzle, not as an “all in one” integrated environment. I agree with Voogt and Roblin in which the authors deduced “…although 21st century competences are not always new by themselves, the importance for all age levels and the potential of ICT to realize 21st century competences in curricular activities throughout the curriculum makes that the implementation of 21st century competences in educational practice a complex

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