21ST CEN­TURY LEARN­ING

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SALLY M. CHOA

What the stu­dents of to­day need are 21st cen­tury skills, which are ba­si­cally ac­quired by syn­er­giz­ing con­tent and skills. This re­quires not only mem­o­riza­tion of facts and de­tails, but mas­tery of dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing English, read­ing or lan­guage arts, Math­e­mat­ics, Eco­nom­ics, Science, Geog­ra­phy, His­tory and Gov­ern­ment.

Twenty-first cen­tury learn­ing, while us­ing the past as a base­line for the fu­ture, aims to cre­ate learn­ers who take in­tel­lec­tual risks. It fos­ters learn­ing dis­po­si­tions and nur­tures school com­mu­ni­ties where ev­ery­one is a learner.

In pre­par­ing stu­dents for to­day’s world, ed­u­ca­tion should be de­liv­ered in a vastly dif­fer­ent man­ner. This means that true 21st cen­tury learn­ing must in­volve more than in­for­ma­tion lit­er­acy alone.

Truly, read­ing, writ­ing and arith­metic play a core role in the 21st cen­tury class­room. They be­come av­enues for im­part­ing a whole ar­ray of 21st cen­tury skills which will al­low stu­dents to func­tion, learn and adapt through­out life in this post-mod­ern world.

To pro­mote un­der­stand­ing of aca­demic con­tent at much higher lev­els, schools are mov­ing be­yond ba­sic com­pe­tency by weav­ing 21st cen­tury in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary themes into the cur­ricu­lum. Schools are now fo­cus­ing on cre­ativ­ity, crit­i­cal think­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion, which are essential to pre­pare stu­dents for the fu­ture.

To be ef­fec­tive in the 21st cen­tury, cit­i­zens and work­ers must be able to cre­ate, eval­u­ate, and ef­fec­tively uti­lize in­for­ma­tion, me­dia, and tech­nol­ogy. Stu­dents need to de­velop think­ing skills, con­tent knowl­edge, and so­cial and emo­tional com­pe­ten­cies to nav­i­gate com­plex life and work en­vi­ron­ments.

There are a lot of pos­si­bil­i­ties for stu­dents in a 21st cen­tury class­room. Schools have now be­come more than just places of learn­ing for stu­dents; they have now be­come places for pre­par­ing stu­dents for the next level of ed­u­ca­tion, which will lead to life­long suc­cess and per­sonal ful­fill­ment.

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The au­thor is Teacher I at Nues­tra Señora del Pi­lar In­te­grated School

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