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Boost your students' 21st century skills

How do we measure students' inquiry, problem-solving, and critical thinking abilities so that we know they are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century? John Barell explains how inquiry leads to problem-solving and provides specific steps for pre, formative and summative assessment that informs instruction of 21st century skills. Included are examples that show how to use today's technology in the classroom and how to use inquiry to develop and assess students' ability to:

Think critically and creatively; Collaborate with others; Become self-directed learners; Adapt and become resourceful; Develop a sense of leadership, responsibility, and global awareness

The authors challenge teachers to reflect on their own learning, thinking, and problem-solving processes as well as those of their students. The text ...

Introduction: Growing up with Radio
Introduction: Growing up with radio

I grew up with radio, listening to reports from London and the Pacific theaters of World War II. The voices of Edward R. Murrow (“This … is London.”) and H. V. Kaltenborn were my link to the outside world from Hartsdale, New York, where I was an elementary school student.

After the war came black-and-white television, with a huge magnifying lens mounted in front of the nine-inch screen (maybe a little more or less). I watched with intense inquisitiveness news events of the early 1950s such as the Army-McCarthy hearings about communists lurking in our government (Look it up if you don't remember these dramatic events from high school history class. It's worth it!) and the Democratic ...

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