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Preparing Students for 21st Century Skills

Preparing for tomorrow. Inspire creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication, so they are ready for tomorrow's world. Using Thinkfinity's database of lessons and units, you can find just about anything you need to prepare your students to be critical thinkers of the 21st century.

Published by Partnership for 21st Century with Thinkfinity in 2010

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Education
Fine Arts
History/Social Science
English/Language Arts
Themes/Keywords: Collaboration
Critical Thinking
Problem Solving

Essential Question(s)
1. What else should schools be teaching beside the 3Rs?
2. What are the 4Cs?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What must be incorporated into lessons to engage students in higher level thinking?
2. Students should be prepared to find solutions and not be given answers. They have to learn not to be discouraged when they make mistakes. How can teachers create classrooms that support exploration and not be focused on getting the right answer?

Extension and Activities
1. Use the Turtle Pond activity and make time for students to arrive at their individual solution. Discuss what they learned and that there are many ways to arrive at the same goal. There is often not just one right answer.

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