There is a real need to provide efficient direct instruction of 21st century skills. Students need guidance and capable facilitators to fuel their learning journey. Often we see educators just stating the 21st century skills demonstrated by a student on a particular assignment. It is rare to find educators creating deliberate opportunities for students to specifically learn 21st century skills. Educators have to adapt direct instruction models to propel the awareness, transfer and application of skills. We are creating partnerships and research projects specifically targeting direct instruction opportunities for learning 21st century skills powered by technology.
New approaches to teaching and learning are being used but often in a superficial manner. Whether you are doing, STEM, STEAM, PBL, Inquiry, Flipped Classroom, Blended Learning, etc., the intentions are the same. Educators decide on the implementation of such new approaches ultimately to make learning:
Regardless of the approach, the key is to ensure that learning has the above characteristics. By using one of the new trendy approaches, simply by name, does not ensure 21st century learning. Educators are urged to reflect on their process and be utterly clear of their objectives and not get caught up in the nomenclature.