Ninjas and the 4 C’s

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills highlights the 4 C’s, which are learning skills that “separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not.” Those skills are in the areas of creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

My kids (ages 11 and 8) made the video below, and I think it is a great unintentional demonstration of the 4 C’s. Their creativity certainly comes through in their version of the “how to be a ninja” video. Their critical thinking is evident in how they decide the edits and other tech tricks needed to show the special effects and then upload/publish their work. Communication skills are on display as they talked with one another and to their audience. I’m proudest of the collaboration they used to pull this all together. Hard to believe these are the same two kids who often complain that the other one is “looking at me” and “breathing too loudly.”

This work was their own doing, and neither my wife or I made a single keystroke to assist them. I will take credit for providing them a stimulating home environment to help stoke these 4 C skills. I’m also appreciative of the schools they attend in the School District of La Crosse.

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