A Look Inside the Classroom of the FuturePosted on 01/05/2015
In her December 22, 2014 Edutopia article, Dana Mortenson , Co-Founder and Executive Director of World Savvy includes the following in the skills that globally competent students will require to successfully navigate college, career, and life in the 21st century:
- An appreciation for cultural differences
- An ability to understand and consider multiple perspectives
- Critical and comparative thinking skills
- Problem-solving abilities
- Comfort with ambiguity and change
- An understanding of globally significant issues.
Mortenson posits that "The challenges today's students will face as tomorrow's leaders will involve working more closely across geographic borders, and with people who have very different backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. In short, diversity and global citizenship are our common future."
The article outlines five strategies for classrooms of the future - based on World Savvy's work with more than 2,000 U.S. middle and high school educators on building global competence. These strategies are leveraging real-world case studies, exploring complex issues, practicing empathy, using technology to enhance learning and empower students, and reflecting. When adopted by educators, they effectively create the classroom of the future – a classroom that will build the necessary skills for educating globally competent students, and truly prepare them to thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.
Read about the background and more detailed descriptions of the strategies and consider how close your classroom is to being the classroom of the future.