A Network Connecting School Leaders From Around The Globe
Suzie Boss (@suzieboss on Twitter) is a journalist and author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World .... She's also a regular blogger on Edutopia.
How do you remember the classrooms where you spent your formative years? If you're picturing a teacher writing on a chalkboard while kids sit in neat rows, it's time for a refresher course. Not only is that chalkboard a relic from yesteryear, but so are many of the old-school approaches to teaching and learning. Even parents are taking on new roles in today's changing classrooms.
For good reasons, schools across the country are making the shift to 21st-century learning. If you're a parent of school-aged children, you've likely heard this phrase. Today's students need to master a new set of skills that will prepare them for the challenges and changes ahead. Being ready for college and careers means not only learning important academic content, but also knowing how to collaborate, think critically and creatively, and use technology tools to communicate.
Rote learning and memorization won't help students become nimble, creative thinkers who can work well with others. Instead, schools that embrace 21st-century learning are creating opportunities for students to practice these critical skills through technology-rich experiences. Project-based learning gives students a chance to solve real-world problems while learning what it takes for teamwork to work well.
To help parents get a better picture of what effective 21st-century learning looks like, Edutopia has just published a free guide. A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning is available to download at no cost.
Along with examples of engaged learning from elementary, middle and high schools, parents will also find suggestions for new ways they can get involved in their children's learning. If you think volunteering at school means bringing cupcakes or chaperoning field trips, you may be in for a surprise!
Here are just a few examples:
Finally, we hope you'll join the Edutopia community to learn more about what's new and exciting in public education. You can take part in ongoing discussions about what works in education and connect with teachers and parents from across the country. Visit Edutopia groups or visit our new Parent group on Facebook.