Alan November’s 23 January 2017 post, Crafting a vision for empowered learning and teaching: beyond the $1000 pencil, in his blog November Learning reminded me of his invaluable and powerful six transformational questions. What great learning could occur if every assessment was built on this foundation! What wonderful critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills could be learned!
- Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?
- Did the assignment develop new lines of inquiry?
- Are there opportunities for students to make their thinking visible?
- Are there opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?
- Is there an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)?
- Does the assignment demo “best in the world” examples of content and skill?
We were privileged to host Lee Crockett, 21st Century Fluency Project, at our school this week. Lee asserted that there are new skills necessary for work and life in the 21st century. He spoke about the reasons that education must change – technology is reshaping employment and the types of work available. It is most evident in this chart:
Source: Crockett, L et al (2010). Literacy is not enough. Melbourne, Hawker Brownlow
So what skills are requisite for a successful life? We must be able to solve problems and think critically, be creative, be information literate, collaborate successfully and “read” and evaluate media. These are the “fluencies”.
How does this translate into teaching and learning? In this process model, the solution fluency is defined by 6Ds – define, discover, dream, design, deliver, debrief – which scaffolds us through designing classroom tasks. There’s a catch! An essential in good learning design is to ensure that the task/ lesson/unit is relevant to the learner. It is well worth watching the video clip on the Fluencies site.
It works! The teachers were inspired to spend Day 2 creating a sequence of lessons, relevant to their learners and scaffolded through the solution fluency. The resulting showcase was inspiring.