Wednesday, November 16, 2011
As district looks to implement new teaching methods, the first step is to create lesson plans.
Learning by doing is often the most effective way of teaching—and perhaps not coincidentally, not only part of the 21st Century Skills being implemented in Warren schools, but also how teachers began preparing to institute the new methodology. A group of 31 teachers from across the district spend Monday and Tuesday learning how to implement the new methodology using many of the same skills they will need to be teaching. At its core, the 21st Century Skills means teaching students the skills most needed in today's workplace: collaborative thinking, creativity and problem solving. But how do teachers incorporate that into lesson plans focused on teaching the still crucial "3 R's"? Superintendent Tami Crader said the key is to use scenarios …
Friday, September 23, 2011
Public can learn more about program from creator Lee Crockett.
Friday, September 23, 2011
A "21st Century Fluencies" presentation will be offered to the public at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Warren Middle School, featuring internationally-recognized speaker Lee Crockett discussing the basis for the district's 21st Century Learning initiative. The evening presentation follows one scheduled earlier in the day for Warren Township teaching staff. Crockett, of the 21st Century Fluency Project, will present his view on the need for innovation in schools. All community member, parents, teachers and students are invited to attend. Today's students are much different from students of the past. They are expected to manage, manipulate, and evaluate vast amounts of information that is available to them through the Internet. In seconds, students can …
Monday, September 19, 2011
Innovative program will teach skills like critical thinking and problem solving through lessons and activities.
Students in Warren Township schools are learning to succeed in the global economy. The “21st Century Learning” program, which teaches core subject knowledge while advancing skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration, is being implemented in the township’s public schools. Part of the district's innovative new program is the new pre-engineering program, called Innovation and Design. The pre-engineering classes will promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) lessons using the thinking and commcation skills. “All third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students will work with the REACH teacher and computer teacher when participating in this program,” William Kimmick, principal of Mount Horeb…