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Reflecting on 21st Century Literacies

Reflecting on 21st Century Literacies

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As teachers, we keep talking about the 21st century skills our students need to acquire. One day soon, I trust someone will come up with a new way to reference these skills that does not connect them to the century in which we live. Someone might simply and boldly state that these are just 'skills’ which every educated person needs to own in order to be a productive member of society.

We need to go beyond talking about these skills and move towards ensuring that our students actually possess them before they graduate. When the children we teach go out into the world, they will navigate a world that looks very different than the one in which we who are adults grew up!

There are a lot of resources to consider. Here are a few links to consider for your own reflection:

Today’s young people will be the makers of the future, and they will mold and shape it into something we can only imagine right now. So, what are the skills students will need for the future? How can we teach those skills to our students? If we can teach them, when are we going to start, if we have not already yet begun? And, what is the cost if we don’t rise to the occasion?

Big questions, but perhaps the answers are not so very hard! Got any ideas? Want to share? Let’s have a conversation about the skills we need to teach today for the world of tomorrow!

I look forward to your thoughts and ideas, your comments and your questions, and for the sharing of resources you have found most helpful.

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