Back in March, we took a deep dive into the well-known 4Cs of 21st century education. We discussed how critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation, have evolved with digital learning.
The most exciting part was that we introduced a fifth C, connections, that would connect the original four together by opening a dialogue with students to encourage a thriving, positive school culture while mastering each C.
But as our knowledgeable professional development coaches traveled to many K-12 schools over the last couple of months, we discovered that there is an important C that no one else has had yet to uncover.
Teachers are content experts. When creating engaging lessons and finding fascinating educational activities, content is at the core of what teachers know and have always been teaching. But, teachers have struggled to infuse the other 5Cs around their content.
How can a teacher take an engaging lesson and be able to seamlessly tie it to the standards of the 5Cs?
Our answer: work backwards.
As we had alluded to in our blog post back in March, trying to brainstorm lessons around each C to incorporate it into your school year plans can be a daunting task. It is better to start with a lesson that you know is engaging and meaningful, and then research how you can incorporate each C into the already well-organized lesson.
New National Standards already include language about the 5Cs, but they aren’t able to assist in implementation because there is no context around the curriculum.
Therefore, the power resides with the teachers who are, again, the content experts and can make this ambiguous learning framework a reality.
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And for more information about how you can apply all 6Cs at your school,