Project Menu

The Project Menu is another great resource to add to your classroom. Used as an end of the year cumulative assignment, students were asked to demonstrate mastery on a few specific math topic through various mediums. Students really took ownership over their project since they got to choose what format they used to showcase their knowledge. Although we didn’t cover how to create a video tutorial or website in class, many of my students decided to use these formats to show what they learned this past year. Here is an example of one of my favorite video tutorials:

Using many 21st Century ideas, students really loved this project. My students blew me away by their creativity and technological prowess. If you are interested in using these ideas in your classroom, check out the assignment!


Seven Survival Skills for Today’s Students

The Global Achievement Gap by Tony WagnerRecently I read a book called The Global Achievement Gap by Tony Wagner.  This book gave a compelling answer to why students don’t seem prepare for the modern world.  More importantly, he has intriguing questions, and that’s his bottom line: right answers may have been okay in the old world, but knowing how to ask the right questions is the key to survival in the new, global world our students are entering. Socrates knew that eons ago. Why have we lost that critical skill, and what can we do about it?

Wagner outlines Seven Survival Skills for today’s students:

  •  Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
  • Collaboration across Networks and Leading by Influence
  • Agility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
  • Effective Oral and Written Communication
  • Accessing and Analyzing Information
  • Curiosity and Imagination

Wanger developed this list by interviewing a large number of business leaders — from Apple to Unilever to the US Army — and by reviewing numerous studies about the skills employers want and the deficiencies in the current workforce. Many of these studies listed dozens of skills, so he used the information gained from business to determine which were the most important skills needed to adapt to a rapidly changing world. And so they are not just the skills one needs for work, they are also the skills all of us need to be engaged and effective citizens in a 21st century democracy, as well as to be life-long learners.