Teachers and School Librarians have a new focus this year – to develop lessons that meet the needs of the 21st Century Learner. What are the needs of the 21st Century Learners? According to The Partnership for 21st Century Skills,
Every child in America needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders in the 21st century…
To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by infusing 21st century skills.
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills website goes on to say that these skills include:
- Information and communication skills (information and media literacy skills; communication skills)
- Thinking and problem-solving (critical thinking and systems thinking; problem identification, formulation and solution; creativity and intellectual curiosity)
- Interpersonal and self-direction skills (interpersonal and collaborative skills; self-direction; accountability and adaptability; social responsibility)
- Global awareness
- Financial, economic and business literacy, and developing entrepreneurial skills to enhance workplace productivity and career options
- Civic literacy
School library-media specialists are trained to help students achieve these goals and learn these skills. TheAmerican Association of School Librarians (AASL) believe…
- Reading is a window to the world.
- Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
- Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
- Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
- Equitable access is a key component for education.
- The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
- The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
- Learning has a social context.
- School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills.
The AASL Standards describe how learners use skills, resources, and tools to:
inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge; draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge; share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society; pursue personal and aesthetic growth.