21st Century skills are what our students need in this day in age. No one can predict what jobs will be available in 6, 7 or 10 years from now. The only thing we can do is to prepare our students for what we think the future will hold.
The 21st century website was interesting to say the least. I found it very informative. I feel that the site contains a lot of very important information about the 21st century skills and what they involve. I like how it goes through and gives you an outline of the student outcomes. It also shows you the topics and ideas which should be taught for 21st century skills to be achieved.
What surprised me most about the site was that it listed all the states that have taken the initiative of implementing and setting up guidelines for the 21st century skills. It is very encouraging to see the list of states. I would hope that not long from now that list will have doubled. Even though the economy is not great right now, there are still plenty of things we can do to help prepare our students for the 21st century.
What I did not like about the site was that it did not have any place to blog or post ideas. We as educators are the greatest resource for ideas, projects and knowledge. We should be contributing to the development of the 21st century skills. The greatest asset we can provide is how we implement the lessons and ideas into our classrooms. It is one thing to come up with what needs to be taught, but it is a whole different approach when actually implementing the ideas and seeing what works and what does not. I did not necessarily disagree with any of the information on the website, however I do think that more could be added. The possibilities are endless on the information that could be presented.
Not only do I need to teach my students what they need to know to help them be successful contributing members of society and the workforce, but they also need to realize that it is not a one sided conversation. We can teach them everything we know, show them a million different things, but if they do not realize how this is going to affect them and contribute then they will not succeed. After I have gone over certain information numerous times, I tell them that it is the last time I am going over it so they better ask questions. If they come up to me after I have finished going over it, I tell them to go ask a classmate. By the second or third week of school they know to pay attention.
If our students do not get the necessary information and develop the necessary skills then they are going to far behind when they enter the real world after high school. With all of the cell phones and computers, our students are developing there 21st century skills and might not even know it. We need to elaborate and go above and beyond to teach them the necessary skills to be successful