There is a fundamental shift in the way of imparting education – it is to prepare the kids of today for the needs of tomorrow. As educators around the world recognize the value of real-world learning and readiness for 21st century skills, they are embracing newer forms of teaching/learning and are adopting new education standards.
Hands-on projects are at the cornerstone of 21st century classrooms, and are being introduced as part of this new project-based learning philosophy. This new insurgence of outside-the-box thinking as it pertains to our children’s education comes to us in the form of new standards, which are being adopted and implemented throughout the country.
Standard : CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1.A
What it entails : “Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).”
Kidizens Approach : Kidizens engage in city council meetings respectfully. Students allow and follow a structure to communicate to each other,,giving each other a chance to participate/collaborate.
Standard : CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1.C
What it entails : “Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.”
Kidizens Approach : Kidizens are guided by teachers through a mini civic (economics, government, social studies) lesson. Students are compelled to engage in the process by asking questions.
Standard : CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.2
What it entails : “Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.”
Kidizens Approach : Kidizens are encouraged to recount lessons to each other, pertaining to experiences from their city building. They are also encouraged to propose new ideas, laws, etc. Their information is gathered and supported by the lessons taught orally.
Standard : CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.3
What it entails :“Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.”
Kidizens Approach : Kidizens are encouraged to ask questions after lessons, and because they are thoroughly engaged, they are more likely to gather additional information to understand the topic at hand.
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