Here is a quick video summary of an article I read about 21st Century Literacy.
In my classroom student are given multiple ways to complete assignments. My students are expected to critically think at almost every assignment they complete. Having students critically think and reflect on their creations and in their activities both at home and at school is important. Most students utilize think-pair-shares to gather their information as well as group work and collaboration. I also like to use graphic organizers to complete thoughts and gather information as I believe it kills two birds with one stone, first of all it makes the students gather the information they need for the next step. Most of the time my students are expected to complete an essay or a paragraph at the end of a lesson. This is two fold, first of all it creates a buy-in with the lesson as they will have to complete the smaller activities in order to have enough “Ammunition” to achieve the bigger assignment. Secondly it links the assignments with social situations so that my students are able to interact with one another in a less formal environment than having me give straight lectures and not giving them time to process the information in their own time and in their own ways. My students no longer have to rely on rote memory to recall information because they will seek out their peers if they need assistance or they cant remember they will have a physical piece of paper that can prompt their memory. Both of these two things create a social environment that provides a platform for collaboration to occur.