The term 21st century skills suggests that there is a new set of skills that individuals need to possess to be successful as learners, citizens, and employees in the competitive, global economy. Compare and contrast what the authors identify as twenty-first century skills with what you would identify as twenty-first century skills. Lastly, discuss how these skills fit into the traditional element of schooling that focuses on ensuring that all students develop the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics.
Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates. Share how you might teach the twenty-first century skills they identified in the classroom. Be specific about an activity that would help students gain experience and mastery in these skills. Be sure also to respond to any questions that your instructor might pose.
Note: This discussion will continue into Week Two.