What Should Students be Learning in This Century? The learning skills required in this century are new and different abilities than were required many years ago. If students are not educated in current 21st century skills, then the economy will be in jeopardy. We should not be doing the same things we were doing ten years ago. In this age when students are already instant messaging, we should no longer be teaching how to email properly. We are to adapt 21st century skills knowledge to a changing world. Critical thinking skills, and asking questions that require answers from several resources is what we need to focus on today.
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Instead of teaching content to our students, we need to teach them how to locate relevant, accurate content. There are those who create grounds in class just so to fulfill requirements so that when teachers’ evaluations come they can say that they did what was required of them, which is short of its purpose.
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The creation of groups is to teach students how to collaborate with others. Collaboration can be applied globally and not just in the classroom. We don’t know what the future careers will be. We do not know where they will be or their job description. Being a critical thinker, a problems solver with global awareness is what 21st century skills require. The skills that students should be using every day in class are those that help them in understanding the changing technology environment like social networking and contribution to the development of intellectual texts. We should engage our students in this adapting changing world. We should always be real. Today, using a math app, a student can solve a math problem in 2 seconds. It is even simple to make an essay using Google, and they can text their friends in the next class when you assigned them to do. Our job as educators is to understand this concept. This knowledge should be used and solve a bigger problem. If you ask a student to present their findings on a real world problem using class oral presentation skills then this cannot be easily found in YouTube. If this will be the basis to assess the student – his analysis of a concept – there are many skills he needs to use to prepare for this presentation. In order to prepare for this oral presentation , he has to first to find relevant information on the topic and he should determine the credibility of the sources. He has to write the script and edit it. He also need to chose and sue appropriate images. Here you implement reading, writing, and research standards, and the last one that is difficult to reach is oral presentation. We should refocus our priorities as educators. We should teach our children that which will prepare them for the future.

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