Implementing 21st Century Education

  • The specific teaching strategy depends on the purpose of the instructional moment

    1. Direct Instruction - used when students need to grasp basic information through observation, listening and answering
    2. Inquiry-based Instruction - used when students need to construct, examine and extend meaning
    3. Coaching - Used when students need to refine skills and deepen understanding
    Important: When using collaborative activities roles are clearly defined and students are accountable to each other

    Inquiry-Based lesson designs and practices

    1. Project-based Learning: Students complete complex tasks and present final work in the form of a product or presentation. The emphasis here is on building performance-based competencies that help students transfer their knowledge and skills to a novel situation - 
    2. Problem-based learning: Students encounter real world problems that are realistic and complex. The emphasis here in on effective questioning, problem identification, and analysis. 
    3. Design-based learning: Students design and create an object or artifact using technical knowledge and systems thinking; the emphasis here is on creating, prototyping and revising.
    Project-Based Learning 
    1. Effective way to design and organize curricula around 4Cs, especially when it is a primary focus for teaching and learning. 
    2. Ability to better engage students with deeper learning
    3. Assess a set of skills highly valuved in both college and career.

    Resource: BIE - Bucks Institute for Education - A great resource for exploring  PBL curricula and professional development needed to implement it. 

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