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21st Century Learning Skills

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?

Global Play Day

Global Play Day is a movement that is raising awareness about the importance of unstructured play for children. It is a whole school day where the students come to school to play-all day long!

The Rules:

  • No structure
  • No screens or toys with batteries
  • No interference from teacher unless necessary

When I first read about this day, I immediately thought that even though my Grade 6 students are amazing  and well behaved that they couldn’t handle it. My mind immediately went to chaos, fighting and mess.

The only instructions I gave my class was to bring in toys. No electronics and battery toys allowed.

Here are some pictures of how we spent our day.
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I asked my students at the end of the day what they thought about our day. Here is some non edited quotes from them.

 

I learned today that there are more ways to have fun than always playing at your gadgets.-H.B

That there is much more ways to let time pass by or learn by doing non electronic -A.A<3

I think that it’s good that we’re dedicating a day to playing with toys that don’t contain batteries or screens (Ipads, Iphones, Ipods, Androids, PS3 ect.). I think it’s better for kids that spend a lot of their day on electronics to see that board games and toys can also be fun. -L

I think that global fun day is really awesome and it’s important for students to have a break and do whatever they want in a good way . We had lots of fun playing with our friends , and our class always uses electronics and we had a break of electronics too . We had so much Fun – L.J

I really like the idea that we are having a global play day, because so much people in the world use way too much electronic and I am not going to lie I am one of those people,but I wanna stop using it it too much this day helped me. -H.M. 😀 <3  

I think that global school play day is important, because i learned that you CAN live and have fun without the internet or wifi! – H.A.

I think it’s great that we get to have a chance to be kids without using electronics and getting to embrace who we are -<L.A. +  +

I think that it’s a great way to get to know everybody and give people a break. L.M.

I think that it was great to not use any electronics all day and it was a great experience – A.D.

I think that it was fun and smart to have a fun day because we express ourselves and play with our friends and get the sillies out for the week -A.A- >.< 🙂 loved it.

today was awesome because we had fun – I.H.

we had a awesome day because we enjoyed so much-Y.