Why 21st Century Skills?

21st Century Skills Most of us are familiar with the 4Cs of 21st Century Skills: (1) Creativity (2) Collaboration (3) Critical Thinking and (4) Communication. But why do these matter more today? What is the context that requires us to change how we teach and learn? 21st Century Context The 21st Century is a wildly…

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10 Reflections for Agile Learners

Reflection is the heart of becoming an empowered and collaborative learner that continuously improves and quickly adapts to a fast changing world.  But, they can be more engaging and easier to use.  Student Team Reflection with Sticky Notes We have designed 10 reflections for you that are visible, fun, and evokes different perspectives. They can…

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4C Learner Reflection

I am excited to share a new Reflection Canvas for you to try!It is called the 4C Reflection. It is based on the concepts in Sharon Bowman’s book Training From the Back of the Room, a must read! You can use this for individual learners, shared reflection with student groups, and whole classroom reflection. Using sticky…

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Reflection: Start Stop Continue

Reflection: The Heart of Learning Reflection is perhaps the most important thing in becoming self-directed, lifelong learners. It is the heart of 21st Century Skills, necessary for adaptability and innovation. It is paramount in shifting from reforming schools to transforming them. Reflection Excuses Without reflection, learners might learn content, but they are not growing as…

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Bridging the Gap

The future will be a wildly different place than what schools were designed for. To thrive in a world that is increasingly complex, constantly changing, highly connected, and intensely competitive, students will need to master 21st Century Skills. Students will need to be adaptive, self-directed, collaborative, creative, and continuously learning. There are many approaches that…

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Reflection: Glows Grows Knows

Sharpening the Saw We can all agree that we want students who are growing in their capacity to be self-directed, make better choices, and interact positively with one another. In order to do this, we have to give time for students to reflect and improve.  Stephen Covey calls this sharpening the saw: “Suppose you came upon someone…

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Agile Educator Spotlight: What’s In Your Way?

This post is part of a our series call Agile Educator Spotlight, where we highligh trailblazing Agile Educators and their stories of Agile in their school.  We are delighted to introduce to our guest author, an Agile Eduator in California, History Teacher, and Minecraft guru, Chris Scott. I like to help. So naturally one of my…

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21st Century Skills Cards

Another Card Deck from us to you.This one lays out the Life and Career Skills as outlined by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.I recently used it to as a card game to learn about 21st Century Skills and to form cross-strength student teams.There are many other useful and fun ideas to use the 21st…

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The Journey

The Journey The path to a self-organizing classroom (where students are empowered, collaborative, and aligned to meet their goals) is often not a leap, but, a series of steps. It is a journey. Four Learning Zones Like in any journey, a map helps us to get there. The 4 Learning Zones maps out the terrain. As…

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The 15% Principle

Empowering students and staff sounds great. But, what do we do when we feel disempowered? There are so many constraints in some schools that seem to close all options but the ones prescribed from up high. So, empowerment sounds great, but, how? Most of us have at least 15% autonomy in what and how we…

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