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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 ...

Teacher Modeling
Teacher modeling

Teacher Inquisitiveness: “It was the blind leading the blind!”

Flight 335 to Dallas

Recently, I was at LaGuardia airport ready to board a plane to Minneapolis. It was September 11, 2008. I hoped this would be a routine flight.

But what caught my attention was the gate attendant for a flight to Dallas who announced a limitation on the number of passengers able to fly.

“Flight 335 from New York to Dallas will be limited to 130 passengers. All those who can delay their flight plans will be provided with a coupon worth $300 anywhere in the United States. Please see me at the counter.”

Now, that's odd, I thought. Why are they limiting the flight to a certain number of passengers? Does it have to do ...

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