Mind shifts must take place in order for new curriculum to be effectively implemented. Educators must develop a plan, refer back to the plan over a long period of time, and also reflect on the plan once it is implemented. Twenty-first century curriculum must include the following:
- Creativity and Innovation
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Communication and Collaboration
There are three mindshifts that (Costa & Kallick, 2010) focus on:
- FROM knowing right answers TO knowing how to behave when answers are not readily apparent.
- FROM transmitting meaning TO constructing meaning.
- FROM external evaluation TO self-assessment.
I found this book to be extremely eye-opening and very relevant to my own classroom. This book focused on a variety of trends and issues that are developing because of the evolution of technology. One of the first topics the book focuses on is curriculum revision. At my school, we have a group of teachers that are on our Instructional Leadership Team. There is one teacher from each subject and grade level who participate on this team. This team meets several times a month outside of school to analyze data and to focus on revising assessments. These people then share this information with their curriculum areas. I feel like the Instructional Leadership Team at my school is very similar to the Curriculum 21 Team that is mentioned in the book.
I also enjoyed this book because it was very content specific. Therefore, as a social studies teacher, I dived a little deeper into the sections based on my subject area. I may be biased but I feel like the most important topics throughout the book were focused on global connections. "Our national goal should be that all students must graduate from high school college-ready and globally competent, prepared to compete, connect, and cooperate with their peers around the world" (Stewart, 2010, p.101). Students must be globally competent. Students must have:
- Knowledge of other world regions, cultures, economies, and global issues
- Skills to communicate in languages other than English, to work in cross-cultural teams, and to assess information from different sources around the world
- Values of respect for other cultures and the dispositions to engage responsibility as an actor in the global context.
While earning my M.Ed., I took a course on multiculturalism. I truly believe it was one of the most important classes I have ever taken. It opened my eyes to ways in which I can make my students become better citizens and prepare them to be leaders in not only our nation but also around the world.