21 st century skills have long been embedded in curriculum for gifted and talented students because… gifted kids, (fueled by their curiosity and intense love of learning), have driven their teachers and parents to explore many of the 21 st century skills.
What are some of the staples of excellent gifted and talented programming?
High quality curriculum and resources
Embedded creative and critical thinking
Research and “I” search skills
Problem-based learning (PBL)
Early foreign language experiences
Varied products for REAL audiences (not just the teacher)
However, in the 21 st century, ALL people need 21 st century skills. The ability to learn new information and new technologies, and to adapt flexibly with innovative thinking, will separate those who are prepared from those who are not.
Diversity and Achievement Gap Issues with 21st Century Skills
Identification of talents by try-out
Raise expectations for students
Increase early enrollment in challenging courses
Incorporate multicultural curriculum
21 st Century Skills: Information, Media and Technology Literacy
Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) literacy
Talk to your neighbor: Compare and contrast the way most older adults (over 45 year olds) learn to use a new piece of technology with the way most teenagers or “twenty-somethings” learn to use a new piece of technology
What does each generation have to teach the other? Do today’s young people even learn in a whole new way? What does this mean for our teaching “methods?”
Consider this: While “digital immigrants” (those who did not grow up using much of today’s technology) will need to improve technical skills, “digital natives” (those essentially younger than thirty) may need help in the future improving social skills Dr. Small, Psychiatrist at UCLA, quoted in eschool news, 12-04
The 21 st century has already seen a dramatic evolution of technology and applications. How many of them have you heard of? How many do you use? How will you stay educationally current?
Is it time for “a whole new mind?” Or a whole new mindset about teaching and learning? Are we as educators willing to give up our status as “the learned” -- and remain lifelong learners?
Are we willing to learn alongside our students, and to let the lines between teacher and student blur?
http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =2yCB4i7GJuM&feature=related So…what does this mean for YOUR classroom?
In the words of Kevin Honeycutt, “We challenge you to challenge your kids to create, invent and improve the world through their ingenuity.”
And…in the words of Pam Clinkenbeard and Jackie Drummer, “ We challenge you to keep one foot firmly planted in excellent pedagogy, with the other foot propelling you forward into this 21 st century -- with your heart wrapped around your students, and your mind focused on their future.”