Here is a collection of resources you can use to have students reflect on their 21st century skills. Many of these were initially used after a STEM challenge, but they could be used after any activity.
Literature is a wonderful way to introduce your students to 21st century skills and spark discussion. The following is a list of books using SECRET (self-management, effective participation, creativity, reflection, enquiry and team work) to bring 21st century learning to life!
These resources can helps support the development of 21st Century SECRET skills in your primary classroom.
Included are: a one page poster that explains what each skill means in student-friendly language; a brochure to share with parents & a student self-reflection on their SECRET skills.
Author - Val Arthur
Students are introduced to the "Walk the Line" challenge question. They write journal responses to the question and brainstorm what information they need to answer the question. Ideas are shared with the class (or in pairs and then to the class, if class size is large). Then students read an interview with an engineer to gain a professional perspective on linear data sets and best-fit lines. Students brainstorm for additional ideas and add them to the list. With the teacher's guidance, students organize the ideas into logical categories of needed knowledge.
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.
Students can code for just an hour, or complete full courses.
The courses are in 45 different languages.
There are even coding activities that can be down without computers called "unplugged".
Feedback focuses on characteristics of the work the student has done or on characteristics of the process used. It points out what the student has done well (success feedback) and gives specific information to guide improvement (intervention feedback).
A set of questions that can be used for a variety of ages in a variety of settings.
These are very useful if students are all working on different activities!
3rd Grade Reading teacher Katie Bannon from PS 110 in New York explains how she validates student responses with meaningful feedback when their responses are not quite on track. Rather than saying "no, thats not right", she comments on the response and then poses additional questions to guide their thinking. Katie also shares that she focuses on improving her questioning which she says takes practice, and she tries to avoid questions that elicit a yes or no response.