Let’s not just survive, Let’s Thrive #BCSLearns

One of those educators I follow in the land of Twitter posted an article from Heather Beasley Doyle of the Harvard Graduate School of Education that caught my eye: How to Thrive in the 21st Century.  As we look forward to our theme of Empathy that will be the focus of our 2017-18 school year, I made particular note of where Doyle Writes, “Empathy is a cornerstone 21st-century global competency. We’re all familiar with empathy between individuals: someone’s hurt, and another person deeply understands the pain. But [Fernando] Reimers and [Connie] Chung envision the concept on a global scale. Empathy resides in the ability to consider the complexity of issues, Chung says — in an interconnected worldview that recognizes that ‘what we do impacts someone else.'”  At the center of the article is a framework for “21st Century” skills under three key competencies:  cognitive, interpersonal, and intrapersonal.  In reflecting on my post about gamers from last week, these skills do matter in the digital world and, perhaps most importantly, in the global world.

Cognitive Competencies:

  • Communicate effectively and listen actively
  • Use evidence and assess information
  • Speak at least one language beyond one’s native tongue
  • Think critically and analyze local and global issues, challenges, and opportunities
  • Reason logically and interpret clearly
  • Become and remain digitally literate, including the ability to “weigh and judge the validity of the content that’s in front of you,” Chung says.

Interpersonal Competencies:

  • Collaboration
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Trust
  • Leadership and responsibility
  • Assertive communication
  • Social influence

Intrapersonal Competencies:

  • ethical orientation
  • strong work and mind habits (self-regulation and intellectual openness) “We need to make sure that we can get along, and that we can see our differences as an opportunity, as a source of strength,” Reimers says.
  • flexibility and adaptability
  • be creators and inventors
  • take the initiative and persevere
  • think beyond the short term

Check out this video related to “21st century learning” and last week’s blog on gamers, “On Demand Learning in the 21st Century Classroom” with high school teacher, Kayla Scheer.


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