Our goal today is to take a look into three 21st century classrooms and compare what you see in the videos to what you currently see in your own schools. Then, discuss how you, as instructional leaders, can support teachers as they make shifts that align with our new North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the needs of our 21st century learners.

Our new North Carolina Standard Course of Study is built upon the new standards that demand a new approach to teaching and learning. This summer, educators across North Carolina attended Summer Institutes where they built upon last year's topic of the "what" of the new standards. The focus this year was the "how" of implementation.

Think about the P21 framework at your right. As administrators observe classrooms and provide feedback, it is important to ensure that the lesson aligns with grade- and content-specific standards.

However, it is just as imperative that administrators ensure that high-quality instruction is taking place that supports the development of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity; the development of life and career skills; and the students' opportunity to increase literacy by manipulating multiple sources of information through media and technology.

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Reflective Practice

NC Educator Evaluation Instrument: Standard IV can be found on page 27. As we review the following examples, think about how this teacher would rank. What suggestions could you provide in a post-observation conference?

3Rs: Revolution, Reaction, Reform

Lesson Objective

Reach a deep understanding of complex, abstract concepts

Questions to Consider

  • What types of formative assessment does this teacher use?
  • How does this social studies learning experience differ from traditional social studies classroom teaching?
  • Why would we categorize this lesson as a 21st century experience?

Collaborative Reflection (Tricider)

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How Many Peas Will Fit?

Lesson Objective

Students estimate and measure peas and room size to learn about volume

Common Core Standards


Questions to Consider

  • What are the major differences between this math classroom and a traditional math classroom?
  • What foundational groundwork must be in place before these types of learning experiences can take place?

Collaborative Reflection (Tricider)

Math Shifts

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Interactive Stations

Lesson Objective

Analyze how a central idea develops over the course of a text

Common Core Standards

ELA.RL.11-12.2, ELA.SL.11-12.1a, ELA.RL.9-10.2

Questions to Consider

  • How are the 4Cs of 21st century teaching and learning depicted in this classroom video?
  • What feedback could you provide this teacher to improve on his practice?
  • How could he incorporate media/technology into this lesson to make it more effective?

Collaborative Reflection

ELA Shifts

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How to Use Tricider

Moving from "What" to "How"

The 2012 Summer Institutes focused on practical classroom implementation and pedagogy. Last year, teachers engaged in activities to help them learn the standards. This year, they looked at classroom practice through modeling, viewing, and experiencing what classrooms should look and feel like as we implement a new North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

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Answering Tough Questions about Literacy

21st century classrooms are literacy-rich classrooms. Take a look at the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) Literacy Q&A Documents below. How can these resources help you work with your teachers as they begin to implement the Common Core State Standards for Literacy?

ELA_Literacy Q&A for Principals

Math_Literacy Q&A for Principals

Science_Literacy Q&A for Principals

Social Studies Literacy Q&A for Principals