Thursday, June 26, 2014

Do you realize the importance of 21st Century Skills - Mini Blogcast

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"If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 hours sharpening my axe"

-Abraham Lincoln


1 comment:

  1. Oliver, this was a great blogcast to get teachers thinking about the importance of developing 21st century skills. Agreed that it is among the most important things that we can do as educators. I listened carefully to this blogcast and I wholeheartedly agree with everything you said. The one thing that I would like to respectfully challenge you on is how you describe teaching these skills as taking time out of the curriculum. You said that it requires minimum 25% time out to do this. However, I would rather look at it not as taking time out at all. As you would agree, there is absolute pedagogical justification for teaching these skills. These skills are the future. The development of these skills should be embedded within all the learning that happens in a classroom. To me it is not taking time out at all. Teachers MUST make every effort to add to the tool box of skills necessary in the 21st century.

    I teach physical education and everything that I do within my program promotes these skills whenever possible. Like you Oliver, I get loads of emails from teachers telling me that they can't do it. That they are bound by curriculum requirements, that they have no time, etc. In the workshops that I lead and the presentations I that give, everything revolves around the importance of developing these skills. Through the vehicle of sport, leadership, and lifetime fitness, it is these bigger ideas, skills, and concepts that must be developed in order to prepare each and every learner for the constantly changing world around them. It's certainly not going to be kicking a soccer ball, throwing a tight spiral, hitting a free throw, or learning long jump that will prepare my students for the future. It's going to be developing the skills that you describe; communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, self-directed learning, and inquiry. I blog about the development of these skills all the time at ht These skills are equally important in our own pursuit of mastery as educators as well!

    No time out needed. Embed embed embed I say! I know you understand my perspective Oliver. Thanks so much for sharing this blogcast.


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