Shaping Future Capable Learners
Identifying 21st Century skills is nothing new for educators. There are countless taxonomies of 21st Century skills and many schools have picked them up and run with them. The ACARA Australian Curriculum and VCAA Victorian Curriculum have shone light on the significance of embedding 21st Century skills through mandating the capabilities curriculum. Unquestionably schools are in consensus that critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, ethical capability, self-direction and collaboration are not only relevant, but essential to student learning. As educators, we know 21st Century skills are important, but is ‘knowing better’ the same as ‘doing better’?
“As educators, we know 21st Century skills are important, but is ‘knowing better’ the same as ‘doing better’? "
When it comes students possessing this crucial skillset, we need to know whether doing 21st Century learning focus is working. Here’s 5 things to consider when measuring the effectiveness of the impact of 21st Century skills;
1. Asking the WHY?
2. Creating a common language
3. What about character qualities?
“Anyone who has tried using 21st Century learning has at one time or another walked away scratching their head as why it didn’t work. Despite the careful planning, creative resources and powerful technologies, the task can fall over.”
4. Making learning visible
“Making explicit connections between new pedagogies and the assessment of student learning with lack of synergies between the two can be like fitting a 'square peg in a round hole' when aligning taxonomies with curriculum outcomes.”
4. Enable learning progression
Teaching 21st Century skills alone is not the panacea. While we know better, we definitely need to do better when designing a skills-based curriculum to provide clarity on how students are assessed on these critical skillsets. Keen to know how?
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