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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 ...

“Cookie-Cutter A” Becomes Self-Directed Student
“Cookie-cutter a” becomes self-directed student

Rachel was an eighth-grade student in Pat Burrows's writing and literature class in Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD). She grew from what Pat called a “cookie-cutter A student” to one who exemplified a “hallmark of critical thinking,” that is, the ability to “ask further questions.”

Pat observed her students all year, and Rachel stood out because by year's end her “responses were of a superior quality and generally included questions she created while thinking about the scenario or issue” at hand.

How do you suppose Pat accomplished this feat? We all know the students who just want to play the game they've learned so well: figure out what's going to be on the test, study for that, and ...

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