I read a lot about 21st century learning this summer. I’m still not sure how to best define the concept, but I think that the AMDSB “4Cs and a P” priorities are a great place to start. The 4Cs and a P (Creativity and Innovation, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving) are all about engagement, inspiration and innovation. http://iamalwayslearning.ca/
This year I’m excited to “engage, inspire and innovate” in my Grade 2 by introducting digital portfolios. This is something that is brand new for me as an educator, and I’m quite excited. I expect this initiative is going to require lots of problem solving and critical thinking as I creatively collaborate with my class to communicate learning in a new way. (I just used the 4Cs and a P in one sentence!) We’ve already experimented with kidblog here:
http://kidblog.org/Grade2Eagles/ In the next few weeks we will make the transition to edublog.
I’m not sure if the teacher or the students in my classroom will learn more this year, and I plan on learning them a LOT.
Always Learning: Becky Versteeg