Setting up our students as successful 21st Century Learners is a Big Deal. In the 1990s, the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association established national standards for English language arts learners that anticipated the more sophisticated literacy skills and abilities required for full participation in a global, 21st century community. While the 90’s seem like a long time ago, the standards that were set out way back then are still important and applicable. While many of these standards have subsets of skills and abilities, the main list is below. (Source)
While these are both admirable and essential qualities to be instilling in our students, I think it is also important for teachers to be holding themselves to similar standards. While we know that many of Edudemic’s readers already are pushing the boundaries of understanding new technology and how the 21st century works, it is always a good idea to check in with yourself to see where you really are.
I read a blog post from Will Richardson (who, if you don’t read his blog, posts and links to a lot of good stuff, so get going!) recently who posed a number of theoretical questions to teachers and principals that deal with their own 21st century literacy. He put his guesses as to what the answers would be in parenthesis.