Remember the Basics: 4 C’s

From time to time, it is essential that you remind yourself of the basics or core philosophies that guide your everyday activity. In my complimentary and first career as a professional musician, I often listen to seminal recordings such as Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and many other similar works of art over and over again. It internalizes the goal to an unconscious level, strengthens the inspiration, and provides clarity. The ongoing exposure simply makes actions happen whether we consciously recall them or not.

I sometimes find that I don’t do this as often in my knowledge profession as an educational technologist. Why? To be honest, I am not really sure. It isn’t because there is a lack of content available in a thousand different media. It seems that I am always looking for the new spin or revolutionary thought instead of revisiting the very core of the professional literature.

That said, here’s one that prompted me to stop and wonder if what I do in the classroom really promotes the 4 C’s which is a concept promoted by p21.org. Am I really promoting this ideal with the teachers I touch on a regular basis? These four ideas aren’t difficult to understand by any stretch, but are definitely worthy of revisiting consciously so that they will inevitably bleed from my everyday actions unconsciously.

Here they are from the document, A Parent’s Guide to 21st Century Learning found on Edutopia.org which cited the information from p21.org:

  1. Collaboration: Students are able to work effectively with diverse groups and exercise flexibility in making compromises to achieve common goals.
  2. Creativity: Students are able to generate and improve on original ideas and also work creatively with others.
  3. Communication: Students are able to communicate effectively across multiple media and for various purposes.
  4. Critical thinking: Students are able to analyze, evaluate, and understand complex systems and apply strategies to solve problems.

Take in your daily dose of reminding…everyday.

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