In order for our students to be ready for life after school, they need to build certain skills. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, they need the 4 C’s: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. That’s what needs to be taught in the classroom. Each class subject can teach these skills and have it all be chemistry related or algebra related or English related or history related or whatever the academic subject. All the while, students need to be figuring out their passions and talents in order to have an idea of a career in mind. That way, they can know whether they can go straight into the workforce, need an associates degree, need to go to a trade school, or need a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Idea: One day a week have the Chromebooks for students to get on khan academy and work on their personal progress – solving problems or watching videos or anything they need to work on to progress. Possibly have a videogame day as well. Use Google Classroom to show them ways to collaborate online.
What are some ideas you have on teaching the 4 C’s?