Sd71 Professional Learning Communities exploring 21st Century Learning, Inquiry, Project-based Learning & Competencies

How do we use project-based learning to engage 21st cent. learners in a primary French Immersion classroom? (Ecole Robb Road)

How can Design Challenges stimulate student involvement over mixed grades? (Miracle Beach Elem)

How can we make project-based learning work for a group of diverse learners? (Cumberland Community School 2016)

What makes a quality project-based inquiry that engages students in active learning. How can we design meaningful inquiry and integrate effective teaching practices that generate deeper levels of engagement among students? (Brooklyn 2016 PLC project)

How can we improve the creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication of our students? (Brooklyn Elem)

How can we get students to recognize and develop an awareness of their own learning? (Brooklyn Elem)

How can play based learning be used to increase student engagement and comprehension? (Courtenay Elem)

How can we increase student engagement in order to improve academic and metacognitive performance? (Ecole Puntledge Park)

How do we increase student engagement and thinking/reading strategies? (Queneesh)

How can we use recent, relevant research to improve our practice and collaborate together to improve primary student literacy learning at Queneesh?

How can we use the core competencies when we are teaching poetry? (Valley View Elem)

 Social Responsibility:

What best practice resources are available to implement and improve social thinking? (Aspen Park Elem)

If we develop and nurture compassion, will connectedness in our school community strengthen? (Brooklyn Elem)

If students participate in caring for others, how does their social responsibility change as measured by a created social responsibility quick scale? (Intermediate)

Inquiry Learning/Genius Hour

Will a Genius Hour / Inquiry program increase engagement, creativity, and productivity? (Valley View Elem)


Tools and Resources for Incorporating Competencies and Inquiry into your curriculum

Literacy is NOT enough: 21st Century Fluencies for the Digital Age. In this 13 minute video, Lee Crockett speaks about the core competencies (or “fluencies”) that students must learn in order to thrive in the 21st century. While he is promoting his book in this video, the suggestions and examples he uses in explanation of Fluencies are helpful to those trying to make the shift from “traditional pedagogy” to creating cultures of learning.

21st Century Fluencies. This is one model of 21st Century competencies, with descriptions created by Global Digital Citizen Foundation’s team. It captures the new literacies quite effectively and offers succinct snapshots for each fluency via short videos and other tools.

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