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What Are 21st Century Teaching Skills?


We always hear about 21st century skills. I mean– always. But do we know what they actually are? Well, I’m glad you asked. I took the liberty of doing some research of this subject matter and compiled my findings into this article for you. So let’s get started.

According to The Glossary of Education Reform, “21st century skills refers to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that are believed—by educators, school reformers, college professors, employers, and others—to be critically important to success in today’s world.” This means that the world around us is advancing; Therefore, we need to push our children to do the same. 21st century skills are broken down into 13 categories:

  • Critical thinking
  • Research skills
  • Creativity and imagination
  • Self-discipline
  • Oral and written communication
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) literacy
  • Civic and social-justice literacy
  • Economic and financial literacy
  • Global awareness (multicultural literacy)
  • Scientific reasoning
  • Environmental and conservation literacy
  • Health and Wellness literacy

Sounds like a lot but it’s actually not. Millennials have been learning these skills throughout their entire lives. In the 1980s, it was suggested by educators and government officials that students should meet a set of standards that reflect our changing and growing society. We even see this type of innovative thinking with Bloom’s Taxonomy as early as 1956. Dr. Benjamin Bloom believed that children should learn higher order thinking skills, instead of the traditional memorization skills (rote learning). This way, we aren’t just teaching our students ‘what’ to learn, but ‘how’ to learn.

Do you use these 21st century skills in your classroom? Comment below and tell us your experience with 21st century skills!

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