Fostering 21st Century Learning

Strategies & Techniques

Created By: Monique R. Mitchell

EDU650: Teaching Learning and Leading in the 21st Century Professor: Wendell LaTouche

Begin By Familiarizing Yourself And Your Students With The Following Five Strategies

1 - Check For Mastery At The End Of Each Lesson

2 - Plan Activities/Discussions That Help With Retaining Information

3 - Communicate Regularly With Students In Regards To Their Work

4 - Encourage Teamwork and Group Activities

5 - Teach Students How To Check For Errors In Their Own Work

It Is Our Responsibility As Educators To Introduce These Skills To Our Students!

It is very important for teachers to introduce 21st century skills to their students. There are many strategies and techniques available, that enable teachers to do so.

The Purpose of Assessments

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Who is supposed to benefit from assessments?

Lopez's quote:

-“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students” (Lopez, p.97)

A Statement Made By Lopez:

-He goes on to say that our reason for assessing students should be grounded in our commitment to use the information collected in a way that helps us generate greater success for our students

My Personal Perspective

I have always believed that assessments were for the benefit of both the teacher and the students. If a student is not succeeding in a specific area could it be that perhaps the teacher is not offering the student enough opportunities or tools to master the skill? A teacher can utilize assessments in various ways to perfect their craft as educators, and benefit their students more and more each year. Charts allow teachers to monitor growth as well as hindrances and struggling areas. I believe that my mindset of assessments being about students as well as teacher was validated through this reading, because I was able to gain more knowledge surrounding why assessments should be about the students.
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Unanswered Questions Regarding Assessments

I am in the early education field. My whole purpose for continuing my education, is to ensure that I am knowledgeable enough within the field to lead my teaching staff appropriately. One of the questions that Lopez asks in the reading (#4), is if we as teachers are utilizing assessments that we are not educated enough about. This question made me consider some of the situations that I have run into with the Pre-Kindergarten assessments that are required by the state here in Florida.

It is often times very difficult to find lead Pre-kindergarten teachers, because during the screening process I learn that they are not educated enough about the assessments that are required. For example, there are specific ways that letter sounds are to be spoken during the assessments, and specific ways that examples are supposed to be given during this assessment. Many Pre-kindergarten teachers execute the assessment improperly, which is not fair to the student. For these purposes, I always teach my 4 year old pre-kindergarten classes myself, because this is the age group that is required to be formally assessed twice a year.

Lopez's questions can be utilized in both my current and anticipated practice in many ways. The questions all require the educator to re-evaluate their knowledge of assessments and ensure that they are utilizing assessments to benefit the student. Keeping these questions in mind, give me ideas on what to tell my teaching staff to look for and ask themselves when they begin assessing their students. I found these questions very helpful.

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Successes and Failures In Assessments

It is always very important for teachers to build a partnership with their students. Once a partnership is built between the student and the teacher, the goal of both parties, then becomes success. A student will always look to their teacher for guidance and wisdom when it comes to assessments and mastering new skills. So therefore, the teacher must be educated about all assessments, so that they are able to prepare their students for what is to come. As an early childhood educator I feel as if my research on the required assessments in my state has helped me to be very successful at preparing and partnering with my students.