As educators, we talk a lot about 21st education and learning. What does that really mean? If you think about when you went to school and when I went to school, education has changed a lot all over the world.
The most significant change has been technology. No matter what country you are in the world, people have access to cell phones, laptops, tablets and there is Wi-Fi everywhere
Technology is infused in all parts of learning for research, creating projects and communication.
And technology starts at a very early age when children can read stories and interact with Ipads and computers.
Whatever our thoughts are about the use of technology it is a reality and is rapidly changing every day. Part of our work as educators is to teach about the appropriate use of technology and to create a balance between this resource and all of the other teaching tools that we have in schools.
We also need to teach digital citizenship so that our students use technology appropriately inside and outside of school. This can be achieved when we work with parents together.
It is important that parents monitor their children’s devices and how much time children have access to technology.
A 21st education skill is collaboration and team work. We teach our students how to work together and how cooperation is important. These skills are necessary in the workforce and future careers. We teach them about respecting each other’s opinions and how to get along despite differences.
We place huge importance on respect for self, others and our environment.
Do you remember sitting in desks in rows listening to the teacher at the front of the room all day?
We know children cannot learn this way so we create learning environments that are engaging and inviting for children. Children can stand, sit, work at round tables, work outside and work in different rooms.
Young children in particular need to move throughout the day, so the amount of time planned in lessons is important when teaching a concept. An eighty minute lesson for five year olds is impossible. Twenty is more appropriate.
The teachers and staff at CIS take a lot of time to plan their learning spaces and lessons to engage and excite students.
Come and walk throughout our school and you will see!
Head of School