Defining the 21st Century Classroom

  • What A 21st Century Classroom Looks Like:

    TEACHER- The role of the teacher is most critical when applying the laws of a 21st Century Classroom. The attributes a 21st Century teacher exhibit are:
    • Facilitator- Guides the student to discover the outcome for themselves. They balance the need to know and want to know.
    • Learner- Being part of the learning process ignites the ‘always growing lesson.’ It allows students to feel valid in society and instills in them the power to do
    • Entertainer- Knowing your audience engages learning to take place. Be creative!
    • Role Model- Setting the bar high and accept nothing below it keeps students challenged. Never finishes on errors.
    • Partner- Gives student the feeling they are not alone in the education process

    TECHNOLOGY- The use of technology in the classroom goes beyond research and processing. Technology in a 21st Century Classroom is a medium for creating, not just a tool to aid learning. A 21st Century classroom uses technology to
    • Broadcast
    • Visually Create
    • Connect
    • Collaborate
    • Build
    • Share
    • Express

    STUDENT- A student who is exposed to good 21st Century teaching practices and proper use of technology will:
    • Focus on Concepts- not facts
    • Receive an authentic learning experience- Students will be able to work on the same project, but have individual objectives
    • Be placed in the center of learning, not guided there (wastes time)
    • Know WHAT they want to learn about- balance the need to know and want to know
    • Be Challenged
    • Be Globally Aware- feels valid in society and has the power to DO
    • Have the freedom to explore within set parameters
    • Be Creative- engaged in learning
    • Not be alone in the education process
    • Not finish on errors

    WORK IN PROGRESS...This is a fluid document as the nature of 21st Century Learners and Learning is ever-changing.

FMS 21st Century Learner Profile

  • Defining 21st Century Learning

    Twenty-first-century learning at Frelinghuysen Middle School means that students master content while producing, synthesizing, and evaluating information from a wide variety of subjects and sources with an understanding of and respect for diverse cultures. Students demonstrate the three Rs, but also the three Cs: creativity, communication, and collaboration using technology as a tool to further these skills. They demonstrate digital literacy as well as civic responsibility. Virtual tools and open-source software create borderless learning territories for students of all ages, anytime and anywhere.

    adapted from: 
    “How Do You Define 21st Century Learning?”
    Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook
    October 12, 2010