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21st Century Learning Design

The debate around direct instruction versus inquiry is quite common. But it is when we view this debate in the light of 21st Century Learning Design, the strengths of inquiry emerge the clear winner. Personally, I maintain that all approaches have their value, and should be applied where needed. That said, the value of a predominantly inquiry-based approach to instruction is clear when considering the skills needed by our students to prepare them for the future.

21st Century Learning Design is a framework for planning and reflecting on learning engagements through the 6 lenses that have been highlighted by the P21 and the ITL. The lenses are Problem Solving and Innovation, Global Awareness, Knowledge Construction, Skilled Communication, Self-regulation and Assessment, and Collaboration.

The question then becomes, how can we best use these to shape our classroom practice?

[To be continued]

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