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How are teachers addressing the complex thinking skills necessary for students to become productive and innovative 21st-century learners?
our driving question
21st-century learners need complex thinking skills
labor market
civic engagement
complex thinking yields positive gains in:
challenging activities
instructional conversations
contextualization (home-to-school connections)
language & literacy
necessary environmental components for complex thinking
necessary personal attributes for engaging in complex thinking
teacher as facilitator
ability to see whole picture
technology skills
ability to defend arguments with facts
ability to see connections
social intelligence
barriers to teaching complex thinking
standardized testing does not assess complex thinking skills
standards address what students need to learn, but ignore teachers' struggles with HOW
complex thinking skills begin before age 4 1/2 and need to be developed
at-risk students are capable but are sometimes discounted
Even though Wicked Problems can't truly be solved, we can work together to improve on the current educational environment.
many of today's educators are seeking a solution through research & innovation
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