Promoting 21st century skills

Promoting 21st century skills is one of the 12 professional practices in the British Council's CPD framework for teachers. It involves developing an awareness of and proficiency in critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and communication, creativity and imagination, citizenship, digital literacy, student leadership and personal development. It includes selecting appropriate methodologies and resources for introducing, developing and evaluating learners’ skills in the above areas and demonstrating the value and importance of 21st century skills to and for learners. It also involves reflecting on your strengths and weaknesses in relation to your own proficiency in 21st century skills and your ability to develop your learners’ proficiency in these areas.

Promoting 21st century skills involves:
  • Developing an awareness of and proficiency in:
    • critical thinking and problem solving
    • collaboration and communication
    • creativity and imagination
    • citizenship
    • digital literacy
    • student leadership and personal development.
  • Selecting appropriate methodologies and resources for introducing, developing and evaluating my learners’ skills in the above areas.
  • Demonstrating the value and importance of 21st century skills to and for my learners.
  • Reflecting on my strengths and weaknesses in relation to my own proficiency in 21st century skills and my ability to develop my learners’ proficiency in these areas.
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