According to the 21st Century Partnership, the following comprise 21st Century Skills: (Partnership for 21st Century Skills, you will be receiving a handout on this as well -

  • Life and Career Skills
    • Flexibility and Adaptability
    • Initiative and Self-Direction
    • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
    • Productivity and Accountability
    • Leadership and Responsibility
  • Learning and Innovation Skills
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Communication and Collaboration
  • Information Media and Technology Skills
    • Information Literacy
    • Media Literacy
    • ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy

With an overarching attention to Core Subjects and 21st Century Themes

  • Global Awareness
  • Financial, Economic, Business and Enterpreneurial Literacy
  • Civic Literacy
  • Health Literacy

Therefore the 21st Century classroom:

  • fosters these skills including 3C's - collaboration, critical thinking, creativity
  • employs a student-centered approach to teaching and learning,
  • empowers and enhances teaching and learning with discerning use of new technology tools
  • utilizes and examines authentic real-world topics in a global context

We will return to and examine these skills, themes and approaches throughout