What Should Students be Learning in This Century?
Comparing the learning skills required in this century with what was required many years ago will reveal new and different abilities. With new 21st century skills that students are educated with, we can sure that our economy will not be in jeopardy.
We should not be doing the same things we were doing ten years ago. In this age when students are already instant messaging, we should no longer be teaching how to email properly. We are to adapt 21st century skills knowledge to a changing world.
We need to focus on what we really need to focus on which are critical thinking skills, and how to ask questions that require answers from several resources.
Locating relevant accurate content is why students need to learn instead of making them learn content. If you are creating groups in your class just so that you can check on your teachers’ evaluation that you did it, then you are missing the point of doing it.
The creation of groups is to teach students how to collaborate with others. And this is not only a classroom thing, but it should be done across the globe.
It is not known as yet what the future careers will be. Where they will be or their job descriptions is still unknown to us. Being a critical thinker, a problems solver with global awareness is what 21st century skills require.
The skills that students should be using every day in class are those that help them in understanding the changing technology environment like social networking and contribution to the development of intellectual texts.
Engaging our students in this adapting changing world is important. We should be real. Solving math problems today with math apps is very easy. They can create an essay from Google in 5 minutes, with references, and text their peer in the next class the assignment you have given them in the first period.
As educators, we should begin to understand this concept. This knowledge we have not should be used to solve bigger problems.
If you ask a student to present their findings on a real world problem using class oral presentation skills then this cannot be easily found in YouTube.
If this will be the basis to assess the student – his analysis of a concept – there are many skills he needs to use to prepare for this presentation. He has to locate relevant information which he should determine as credible or not. He has to write the script and edit it. He also need to chose and sue appropriate images.
You implement reading, writing, and research standards and one that is difficult reaching, which is oral presentation.