21st Century Skills- A Modern Success Mantra??

21st Century Skills….. I’m sure that you would have heard of this term a number of times by now but what exactly it is. Is this something new?? The answer is “NO”! 

It’s not at all a new term. It’s been there for ages since none can succeed without 21st century skills. 

Now the question comes…What they are? 

The 21st century skills are a set of abilities that students need to develop in order to succeed in the information age. 

Learning Skills

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
  • Collaborating
  • Communicating

Literacy Skills

  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy

Life Skills

  • Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Social Skills
  • Productivity
  • Leadership

 Want to know more??? 

Here is an interesting video for you – Click Here

According to present employers, the most important skills they search in their new employees are teamwork, critical thinking/reasoning, assembling/organizing information, and innovative thinking/creativity. Thus they need the following competencies to combat with the challenges and demands of 21st century:

Now as we understood the importance of 21st century skills, Is CBSE doing anything in this regard. Certainly. 

CBSE has introduced Problem Solving Assessment (PSA), Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA), Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills (ASL) ,Multidisciplinary Projects and Value Education to make a conscious effort to develop these skills. Let’s see a video for the same – Click Here

Now the question comes, How to prepare students for 21st Century Skills?

The only way to prepare students successfully for 21st Century is by changing the way we teach. By making teaching more interactive ,by using different techniques like project based learning ,survey and other group activities.

21st Century  Skills can be developed through Active Learning

  • Teaching & learning through stimulating activities
  • Working in small groups & pairs
  • Brainstorming
  • Role-plays
  • Experiential learning
  • Games & debates
  • Home assignments, to further discuss and practice skills with family & friends.
  • Engage students

Education Scenario is changing….We ought to change the way we teach!!!!

CBSE rightly said “Students no more need a sage on the stage, rather they need a Guide by their Side……..”

Let’s Make teaching Student Centered. When we talk about student centered classroom, we talk about a classroom where the student is at the centre of the learning and he is an active constructor of his/her learningTeacher serves more as a guide, resource & a facilitator , setting up activities that require students to communicate with one another in order to accomplish tasks.

So let’s create student centered classrooms where students can learn, grow and lead the world.

Keep learning, Keep growing

Kanchan Chadha

 

References:

http://www.thoughtfullearning.com/resources/what-are-21st-century-skills 

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