Once you gain support in your school/district for the development and promotion of 21st Century skills in your curriculum, you begin the real work in training the staff. When you direct the PD, don’t forget to highlight the fact that there exists a spectrum of skills. Far too often in the rush to share the advantages of 21st Century skills in a student’s development, we leave out the fact that we have effectively carved out a new domain in Bloom’s Taxonomy. And not all 21st Century skills are created equal! This new domain for a new age of pedagogy emphasizes the hierarchy of skills needed to be successful in the information economy:
- Curate – Students need to show facility in navigating a vast array of resources and discerning which are valuable and which are irrelevant to the needs of the moment.
- Share – Students need to demonstrate judgment in calibrating how much is shared with an audience and by what method.
- Collaborate – Students need to show they can engage with their peers in a collective effort, and act as both leader and follower as appropriate.
- Cull – Students refine their thinking by gleaning the best of the collaborative process to produce informed decision-making.
- Publish – Students express themselves confidently and creatively in a manner that shows full participation in the cycle of learning.
- Reflect – Students can effectively and thoroughly consider the process of learning on a metacognitive level.