Process-oriented skills are hard to pin down; teachers can see them in certain students, but developing these competencies in students who aren’t already demonstrating them can be tricky.
A few teachers in Ontario, Canada have been experimenting with tools they think could make the difference.
What do you, your administrators, or your teachers need to support them as they work toward addressing the 4 Cs of 21st Century Teaching and Learning?
Have you developed resources to support teachers with the 4 Cs that are noteworthy?
Kristen Sligner’s Grade 2 class used a case study about an ice cream company to explore tensions.21st Century Classroom Part I: This DPI presentation provides a framework for 21st century learning with an emphasis of the 21st century skills of critical thinking and creativity.Participants engage in collaborative experiences to learn more about these two Cs.LADDER OF INFERENCE One of the tools Jason Watt learned about in his training is called the ladder of inference.It’s a model for decision making behavior developed by Harvard professors Chris Argyris and Donald Schön.Jason Watt has always had very high expectations for his students, whether they were seven-year-olds in grade two or the young adolescents he now teaches in grade seven at Norseman Junior Middle School.But Watt was frustrated that in order to meet his expectations his students would often have to redo their work six or seven times.“I wanted the kids to realize there is no bad answer,” Watt said.“There’s just an appropriate answer or a not-quite there answer.” In a training on “integrative thinking” at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Watt finally found the tools he needed to develop students’ critical thinking.If larger than 1mb, it will take longer to download.For instructions or more information, please visit our download page.