The 4 Cs consist of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. The dark blue compass points identify 4 primary skills that we want all of our Saline Area Schools' students to demonstrate proficiency in by the time they graduate.
Students are learning to communicate clearly for a range of purposes and environments, listen effectively to comprehend meaning, articulate thoughts through oral, non-verbal and written communication, use media and technologies effectively, and know how to judge their effectiveness and impact.
Students are learning to think creatively by using their curiosity and imagination to elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate ideas. Students are learning to work creatively with others by being open and responsive to new ideas and perspectives. Students view failure as an opportunity to learn, show inventiveness in their work and develop, implement and communicate new ideas with others.
Students are learning to collaborate with others by working respectfully and effectively in diverse groups, being flexible and willing to work together towards a common goal and accept shared responsibility for collaborative work and value the unique contributions of each member.
Students are learning to reason effectively, use systems thinking, make judgments and decisions based off of analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and reflection, ask questions that lead to better solutions and solve problems in conventional and creative ways.
To support the 4 Cs work, it is important to create the proper conditions for students to be successful. The light blue compass points represent the importance of building "Community" to understand the 4 Cs, creating appropriate "Learning Spaces" that support the 4 Cs, adjusting the instructional "Pedagogy" to teach the 4 Cs, and providing proper "Tech Integration" to leverage the tools needing to support 4 Cs learning.
Through the touch of a button in today's technology, students have access to endless information. This new generation of students pose a special challenge to the purpose, methods and structures of the current educational system. In order to build 21st century skills and a passion for lifelong learning, a few key pedagogical beliefs are the foundation of a Next-Gen Classroom:
In order to achieve an environment where deeper, authentic and more engaging learning is taking place, the traditional classroom layout is redefined in Next-Gen classrooms. In supporting the 4Cs of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity, our learning spaces have been redesigned to include:
Our students’ community is comprised of Saline Area Schools and the surrounding community, such as the City of Saline and Washtenaw County. Partnerships within our community help connect our classroom work to our greater world. Partnerships we already have:
Next-Gen classrooms support a mixed and multi- media approach so that students are able to access digital content anytime, anywhere, on any device and at any pace. The tools currently supporting the teaching and learning process in Next-Gen classrooms include:
The student attributes are designed to integrate 8 essential skills to support 4 Cs instruction. These yellow visuals surrounding the compass points support a more detailed look at the specific actions that we want our students to take in order to be successful in implementing the 4 Cs and future life endeavors.
Students are demonstrating collaborative leadership when they work in pairs or groups to discuss an issue, seek varying perspectives to resolve a problem, and/or create a product.
Students are ethical and responsible citizens when they see beyond themselves to the needs of others, contribute to their community, promote social justice, take responsibility for the environment, and demonstrate respect, empathy and compassion.
Students are demonstrating creativity when they define and develop and/or revise innovative ideas with attention to originality.
Students are complex thinkers and problem solvers when they systematically go beyond knowledge reproduction to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, or organize information in ways that generate new and deeper understandings.
Students are communicating skillfully when they connect and share ideas and choose the right medium(s) to express their thoughts. Students are communicating successfully when they resolve controversy and conflict through positive negotiation.
Students are financially literate when they can identify and connect personal financial planning and manage both internal and external financial challenges.
Students are digitally literate when they work fluidly between technological platforms/mediums and move from consumers to producers of knowledge and content.
Students are globally connected when they demonstrate their understanding of the complexities of cultures and global issues, see viewpoints beyond their own, and positively impact and connect to the world around them.
Students are motivated and self-directed when they choose an element of the content, product, and/or process for their learning and when they recognize purpose enabling them to set, monitor, and take ownership of their own learning goals.