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21st Century Skills

Asking the Right Questions to Develop Thinking Skills

Sharpening thinking skills is the key to helping students break down complex 21st century issues.

Critical Thinking in a World of Accelerating Change and Complexity

The authors present the types of questions teachers should ask to advance student thinking skills.

21st Century Learning: Law-Related Education in South Tucson

An Arizona high school magnet law program offers the ideal 21st century educationone that teaches skills through core subjects and interdisciplinary themes, uses innovative learning methods, and emphasizes higher order thinking skills.
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Technology: An Integral Part of Students' Learning and Lives

The Literacy Map presented here offers teachers concrete examples for helping young people use technological tools effectively for academic and civic purposes.

Teaching and Learning about Skills for the 21st Century Using the Internet

The author highlights websites that offer teachers information on using newer tools and strategies, such as Web 2.0 technologies.

Citizenship Must Not Be the Last of the Three C's

Educators must become passionate about advocacy and urge local, state, and national legislators to help maintain and enhance citizenship education.
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Teaching the Constitution to Twenty-first Century Students

This lesson plan involves students directly in the Bill of Rightschallenging their thinking skills while increasing their knowledge of the founding principles of government and the judiciary.
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Democratic Education to Reduce the Divide

If we are to improve the civic and political literacy of our nation's youth, we must first address the disparate education that they are receiving.

A Voice from the Congo

When a high-ranking politician from the Democratic Republic of the Congo visited a social studies class in Milwaukee, students got a deeper understanding of the political strife and humanitarian crisis in that country.

Explore the Past to Understand the Present and Shape the Future

The featured lesson places students in the role of decision makers as they explore four distinct alternatives for 21st century U.S. foreign policy and then consider their own views.


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