The term ‘21st Century Classroom’ and the 4 Cs are buzzwords used ad nauseam. This session attempts to simplify define and clarify the terms. More importantly, the aim is to make it relevant and practical for the teacher in the classroom.
The 21st Century Classroom is often confused with the ‘technology advanced ‘classroom. Technology and access to information are not the most important factors in creating twenty-first-century classroom; teachers are. The teacher is a powerful agent in creating meaningful learning experiences involving the 4 Cs- Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity. The teacher himself/ herself has to model these skills to create these experiences while enabling her students to develop the same.
This course aims to equip teachers with the knowledge, the skills and the attitudes to integrate these vital skills into their classroom teaching. While learning -by-doing, course participants will gain valuable insights about these skills while learning to tap into their own ability to create, to think critically, to communicate effectively and to collaborate well with others.
Each 90 –minute session covers one aspect of these skills. The mode of delivery is online and interactive with videos, discussion and activities.
Session 1: Collaboration
Collaboration: Two or more people work together to achieve a common outcome/goal/objective.
- What is Collaboration
- Why it is a key skill in the modern world and for students
- Key strategies to integrate collaboration in the classroom
Learning Objectives: At the end of the session course participants will
- obtain a clear understanding of the collaborative process and experience it first-hand
- become familiar with effective collaborative strategies and their application in the classroom
- introduce/ broaden collaborative opportunities in the classroom and outside
Communication Skills: The ability to articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts. It also includes using effective listening skills to decipher meaning.
Communication is the skill of presenting information in a clear, concise and meaningful way.It also designates careful listening and articulating thoughts. Communication has various purposes: informing, instructing, motivating, and persuading.
Session 3: Critical Thinking:
- What are Communication Skills?
- Why are they important especially in the modern world?
- How are Collaboration and Communication interlinked?
- Strategies to build and develop effective Communication Skills in the Classroom Learning Objectives: At the end of the session course participants will
- gain a clear understanding of effective communication skills and experience the importance first –hand
- learn effective communication strategies and practise their application in the classroom scenario
- provide opportunities in the classroom for effective communicative processes especially through collaborative activities.
Critical Thinking (and Problem Solving): The ability to reason effectively and clearly, exhibit non- routine problem solving abilities without a pre-set algorithm, evaluate objectively andmake judgements and decisions.
- What is Critical Thinking?
- Why is it a 21st Century Skill for students?
- The relation of Critical Thinking with the 4 Cs
- Strategies and ways to integrate Critical Thinking activities in the classroom teaching
- learning process
Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, course participants will
Session 4: Creativity,
- learn the concepts of critical thinking (logic, argument analysis, reasoning, the importance of background knowledge, etc.
- understand the importance of critical thinking for the personal and academic development of the students
- explain and practise subject specific and general strategies to develop the skill Critical Thinking
Creativity: Creativity is the process of turning novel and innovative ideas into reality. It is the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing
- What is Creativity? Common myths about creativity
- The importance of creativity as a skill in the 21st Century Classroom
- Integrating creativity with the other Cs
- Strategies to develop and nurture creativity in the classroom
Learning Objectives: At the end of the session, course participants will
- understand the key factors that spark creativity and innovation
- incorporate opportunities for creative expression and innovation in the classroom
- integrate the 4 Cs in the teaching -learning process
- employ the creative process to develop leadership and teamwork skills and peer respect in the classroom
- engage and focus students’ curiosity and imagination to foster a lifelong love of learning