As I’m on Maternity Leave I’ve been reflecting about my teaching practice and how I can make it better. I really want to focus on and integrate in all my teaching is the 21st Century Learning Skills.
I’ve been reading about these essential skills but I wanted to figure out how we can, or already do use them in our classroom everyday. In order for me to really teach to these skills I wanted to really understand them.
I am going to introduce the topic of 21st Century Skills by having a discussion with my class about what they believe communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity are. What do they already know about these skills and how do they already use them in their everyday lives? How can we use these skills in a better way?
Below, I have made the graphic brainstorming the ways I can teach these skills or how we use these skills already.
I would love your feedback about this graphic. What am I missing?
This year I wanted to give my students the responsibility and experience of marking themselves on their work.
We marked ourselves on our learning skills back in November and I found that they struggled with it. I created this document and let the students mark themselves on learning skills.
Afterwards I wrote a paragraph to use for the comments addressing the learning skills that we have been working on in class. When I started filling in the appropriate words to the students mark they didn’t match up.
This semester I decided to try it a new way. I pre-wrote the paragraph for the learning skills comment. I left blanks for the qualifier that would make sense for their level of achievement and gave them a table of the grade and corresponding qualifiers.
I printed out copies on paper for each students and went over what to do. The students got the paper and filled in corresponding qualifiers and then they had to decide their mark for each learning skills based on which qualifier they used.
Then I shared the online version in Google Classroom and each student had to replace ‘Name’ with their name, he/she with their corresponding gender and enter in their choice of qualifiers.
I read them through before entering them into their report card and have honestly found that they are accurate marking themselves most of the time or too hard on themselves. It really is a great way for them to check in and see how they are doing.
I created the below document to help my students learn about the learning skills we assess them on in Ontario. I am going to give them this document at the beginning of the year so that they can create goals about these learning skills. I want my students to be able to self-assess and reflect on what they can do better for the next term.
Click on the picture for the link.