Freeport School District is dedicated to infusing 21st century teaching and learning strategies in all settings using the following four pedagogical approaches which allow staff to create student-centered learning environments.
- The 4 Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity): The 4 Cs of 21st Century Learning, developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, are integrated across all content areas and embedded in all classroom environments. The future is forever changing and we need to prepare our students for this unknown future. Since we do not know what new technologies or jobs the future holds, we focus our attention on ensuring all students are great communicators, collaborators, creators, and critical thinkers. These four qualities will be extremely useful to our students in the future that awaits them.
- Inquiry-Based Learning: Inquiry-based learning begins by helping students ask meaningful and relevant questions after presenting them with a scenario or challenging task. Teachers act as a facilitator as the students begin to create their own path to gain key knowledge, understanding, and success skills.
- Short Focused Research: As one of key shifts in the Common Core standards for English/Language Arts, students across all grade levels are taught to conduct specific research on a focused question. Conducting short focused research allows teachers to assess their students' abilities to ask inquiry-driven questions, conduct research effectively, and determine the reliability of sources, supported throughout by their teachers and peers. Students are also given the opportunity to share what they have learned with an audience, helping to improve written and oral communication skills.
- Project-Based Learning: Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a process rooted in authenticity, student voice, driving questions, integration of key understanding and skills, and public products to share learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. FSD 145 has partnered with the Buck Institute for Education, which defines PBL as "a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge."
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Alex T. Valencic, Curriculum Coordinator for 21st Century Teaching and Learning.