Mr. Fadel discussed our traditional core subjects (Reading, Languages, Arts, Geography, History, Math, Science, & Government) and how we need to incorporate the following 21st Century themes into all disciplines:
- Global Awareness
- Financial, Economic, Business, & Entrepreneurial Literacy
- Civic Literacy
- Health Literacy
- Environmental Literacy
He went on to share some research about how students prefer to learn, and that over 50% of students do best learning "in groups". Other high ranking methods of learning were "by doing practical things", "with friends", and "by using computers". Only 19% of students prefer to learn from a teacher, which supports the idea that we as teachers should be facilitating rather than directing or dictating.
A recording of the session is available here for a deeper look at this issue. A timely and engaging topic, for sure.