As educators, we often talk about the importance of intentionally developing our students to be independent learners and independent thinkers. Even with the youngest preschool children, we focus daily on working to help them grow their abilities to be independent. But, is this focus on independence in direct opposition with one of the most important 21st-century skills – collaboration?
As a parent and educator, I have always believed in the power of raising children to be engaged with their local community. Looking outside of oneself builds empathy and helps each of us to be a better citizen.
Time! We either have too much or too little of it. When it comes to homework and studying, students run the gamut from spending far too little to spending far too much time on it. But what defines how much time they actually need to spend? Does more studying really make for better studying? I think not.
As we prepare for the Nov. 16 appearance by Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, author of “Becoming Brilliant – What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children,” many members of the Independence community have been reading this best-selling book. In it, Dr. Golinkoff and co-author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek introduce the concepts and importance of the 6C’s of Collaboration, Communication, Content, Critical Thinking, Creative Innovation, and Confidence. Although the following blog post was published during the summer, the information relating to the 6C’s is valuable in every season. Thank you to Dr. Golinkoff for sharing this post with Indy Insights.
Yes, you're reading that headline correctly. YouTube may be one of the most popular social media sites today, but it surprisingly serves a purpose in today's classrooms. YouTube has come a long way since its early days as a platform for sharing home videos of comical toddler meltdowns and animals doing tricks. This completely free resource has become a staple in many 21st-century, technology-influenced classrooms. With many millions of education-centric videos and a generation of students who already have a buy-in with the video-sharing venue, why not use YouTube to support learning?