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21st Century Skills: The New Building Blocks for Learning in a Complex World.

We live in an age of rapid change. Advances in communication and information technology continue to create new opportunities and challenges for the future. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, today´s young students must develop strong skills in critical thinking, global communication, collaboration and creativity. In addition, students must develop life and career skills, information, media and technology skills, as well as an appreciation and concern for the health of our planet and cross-cultural understanding.

Skills

1Critical ThinkingStudents in the 21st century need to do more than acquire information. They need to be able to make sense of the information by thinking about it critically. Critical Thinking skills help students to determine facts, prioritize information, understand relationships, solve problems, and more. Students should think deeply and assess information comprehensively. They should be curious and question and think beyond their normal perspectives.

2CommunicationStudents should have plentiful opportunities to become effective listeners, speakers, readers and writers. We should also promote online communication and computer literacy, preparing students for the demands of the new information age.

3CollaborationCollaboration requires direct communication between students, which strengthens the personal skills of listening and speaking. Students who work together well not only achieve better results, but also gain a sense of team spirit and pride in the process.

4CreativityIt is an essential 21st century Sill. Students who are able to exercise their creativity are better at making changes, solving new problems, expressing themselves through the arts and more.We should allow students the freedom to offer ideas and express themselves without judgment.

Our new books explore and encourage this approach and help us prepare students for a rapidly evolving global and technological world. They use Big Questions to tap into students' natural curiosity. It enables them to ask their own questions, find their own answers, and explore the world around them.

Inquiry-based learning maximizes student involvement, encourages collaboration and teamwork, and promotes creative thinking. Students employ the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing as they identify questions about the world around them, gather information and find answers.

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