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Today in education we talk about creativity, innovation, critical thinking, collaboration and other key life skills (I refuse to use the term 21st Century skills). These skills represent and focus on a Student centered approach. The learning needs to be real and meaningful for our students today. Technology also plays a big role in that it makes the learning real and hands on.
I ask you what did teachers do before the 21st century? Where these skills and ideas not important? Did we not need to engage our students?
Too often teachers hear some of the terms I mentioned and think here we go again some new educational buzz words and for some reason that gives them justification to just ignore it and it may go away.
Well I hate to tell you these aren’t buzz words or fads and it’s not going away, I would tend to guess this idea of an engaged and involved learner dates back to Ben Franklin, who is older than any teacher teaching today.
Perhaps if we realize that these skills, these life skills existed before the 21st century and it’s not something new we can incorporate the principles which Benjamin Franklin taught us over 200 years ago.