There is fundamental shift in the way of imparting education – it is to prepare the kids of today for the needs of tomorrow. As educators around the world recognize the value of real-world learning and readiness for 21st century skills, they are embracing newer forms of teaching/learning and are adopting new education standards.
Hands-on projects are at the cornerstone of 21st century classrooms, and are being introduced as part of this new project-based learning. This new insurgence of outside-the-box thinking as it pertains to our children’s education, comes to us in the form of new standards, being adopted and implemented throughout the country.
The newly adopted Common Core Standards are a set of guidelines that will answer the need for teaching children the skills needed in the 21st century. This collaborative, creative, self-directed learning, that involves critical thinking and deep problem solving every step along the way, is quintessential to all of our programs at Kidizens!
Here are just some of the ways we are helping teachers and students alike, meet these Common Core standards within our Kidizens’ classrooms for 2nd through 4th grade.
“Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).”
Our approach: Kidizens engage in city council meetings respectfully. Students allow and follow a structure to communicate to each other,giving each other a chance to participate/collaborate.
“Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.”
Our approach: Kidizens are guided by teachers through a mini civic (economic, government, social studies) lesson. Students are compelled to engage in the process by asking questions.
“Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.”
Our approach: Kidizens are encouraged to recount lessons to each other, pertaining to experiences from their city building. They are also encouraged to propose new ideas/laws etc. their information is gathered and supported by the lessons taught (Orally).
“Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.”
Our approach: Kidizens are encouraged to ask questions after lessons, and because they are thoroughly engaged are more likely to gather additional information to understand the topic at hand.