Monday, January 23, 2012

After reviewing Partnership for 21st Century Skills, I found myself not very interested.  It may be the formatting, but it did not capture my attention.  What I did find intriguing is a site that incorporated views from business, education, and government leaders.  To best prepare our students for their career it is in our best interest as educators to have an open communication with our community members.  I appreciate the attempt to advocate for our students to receive the proper education they deserve in order to successful in their futures.  Although, P21 Statement on the Presidents State of the Union Address mentions how President Obama understands the importance for 21st century readiness, but it does not feel like that is trickling down to the actual school districts.  Currently I work very hard at creating lessons that incorporate the 3r's and the 4c's.  I was not calling them 4c's until now, but more or less that is what I have always been a believer in.  Communication is the key to open any door is what I always remind my students.  When building lessons that connect to meaningful real world experiences that incorporate critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication and creativity and innovation.  Yet, part of the struggle educators face is we have districts adopt curriculum that we are told to strictly follow.  When time is very short each day it does not allow for much creativity to take place when following a scripted curriculum.  We need more freedom to teach standards in a more project based learning environment that would help our students become 21st century ready.  Overall, what this site has shared with me is the fact that the world is aware and seeking a career ready student.  Educators are now forced to be more innovative. 

1 comment:

  1. There is a lot of information for sure and I was a little lost in the beginning. The curriculum does seem to hold us back as there is so much that has to be done in the year. Changes are being made, though, and it is my hope that has education embraces technology across the board, the importance of 21st Century skills will not be overlooked.