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Collaboration: 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Students and Communities

Posted in Professional Development, Service-Learning, Summer Institutes by KIDS Consortium on December 13, 2011

My first year of teaching—Day 1: I had my lesson plan all printed neatly in my plan book. It called for the 7thgraders to work in groups for 20 minutes—you see, I learned in one of my courses that students excel in cooperative learning activities. So I put them into groups with a task (I don’t remember what it was and I am sure that none of the students remembers either) and then I, oh, I don’t know, I was probably checking the lunch menu or straightening the framed diploma that hung behind my desk—you know, I was doing what you do when kids are working in groups.  Five minutes later I looked out on the splendor of the environment I had created—what a disaster. Here I thought that by using

English: Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)

T. Hobbes...he warned us about ourselves:)

a collaborative learning strategy that I was developing 21st Century students, and it looked more like Hobbes’s 17th Century description of the state of nature. Clearly, I forgot an important step…to teach them HOW to work in groups. (more…)

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21st Century Skills and Service Learning: Data Collection and Analysis Creating Critical Thinkers and Effective Citizens

Posted in Service-Learning, Uncategorized by KIDS Consortium on November 18, 2011

Wanted: caring citizens who think critically, analyze information and make well-informed choices.

Last week I posted a list of seven ways service learning provides opportunities for students to demonstrate 21st Century Skills and gave examples of one of the skills being met through a real project.

Here again is the list:

1) Solve complex, multidisciplinary problems;

2) Think critically, analyze information and make well-informed choices;

3) Be creative and entrepreneurial;

4) Communicate effectively in person and in writing;

5) Collaborate and foster teamwork;

6) Participate in civic life and democratic decision-making; and

7) Cultivate an ongoing commitment to learning.

Let’s look at another project and see how students are developing these skills. (more…)

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