The Four Cs of 21st Century G6-12 Online College Preparatory Curriculum Designed to Guarantee Student Achievement
Isilda International Virtual Academy’s online curriculum is an extremely effective path that takes our students on an innovative and challenging program of study that is the opposite of traditional homeschooling paths. It is composed to help students access their natural abilities in learning. By this, they will activate critical thinking skills while gaining the knowledge necessary to function in life, post-secondary education, and in an ever-changing society. Our focus on collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking is essential to prepare IIVA students for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st Century. We implement blended lessons that are structured and allow students the flexibility of going at their own pace with half-time or full-time classes. This results in a higher successful academic outcome for students and allows them to develop the important four C’s 21st Century learning.
Collaboration occurs when two or more persons work together to achieve a common goal. For our student this is a path to build collaborative skills. As an international our students are given numerous opportunities to collaborate with other students which teaches them to work effectively with different groups of people from diverse cultures. Here they acquire skills to be flexible, learn how to compromise with team members to reach their targeted goals. Additionally, while collaborating on assignments,
studentslearn the skill of responsibility as a team member working towards a common goal.
Communication is an acquired skill where students learn to express themselves clearly and transparently, while articulating opinions, communicating translucent instructions, and motivating others through persuasive speech. For students to obtain effective communication skills they must learn to communication to be successful To build effective communication skills they must learn to communicate the the usage of digital media and various environments to support individual and group learning. Additionally, they must acquire simple skills like dispersing information efficiently and effectively through various digital formats to a diversified audience through appropriate media and formats.
Creativity and Innovations
Creativity is when an individual or group has the ability to produce exciting new, and diverse ideas. Thinking creatively means viewingthings from a uniqueaspect or attitudeand not being confined by rules, norms, and practice. A prerequisiteof building, achievingand mastering Creativity Skills is learning to use an arsenal of creation techniques, some as simple as improvisation, in-problem solving, walking, distraction, brainstorming and meditation. Learning to create original and meaningful ideas requires profound elaboration, refinement, analytical and evaluation of ones own ideas so improvement and maximization of their creative efforts acts on creative ideas to produce tangible contributions to the area of work in which the innovation will occur.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
In 1956 Benjamin S. Bloom and his colleagues outlines six levels of critical thinking skills into which any cognitive learning experience could be categorized into. Knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, syntheses, and evaluation. According to Benjamin, this taxonomy progresses towards more complex levels of critical thinking. As students hone these skills they become masters in logical thinking and reasoning. Some additional skills sharpened in this area for students are analogies, cause and effect,, classification , comparison, critiquing, deductive , forecasting, hypothesizing inductive reasoning, patterning, planning sequencing, and webbing, These skills help students to analyze and understand complex situations and easily see how things are interconnected. They are able to ask the right questions and gather better information,
Academic Assessments are an integral part of our instruction at Isilda International Virtual Academy to determine if students academic goals are being met. Pre-test, quizzes, interim exams and final exams are given throughout the year. It is imperative to know whether our educational goals and standards of the lessons are accomplished. Data from the results of our assessments assist us in determining a student’s level of academic mastery and may play a significant role in grade level placement decisions. Exams are done remotely through online video test proctoring. Candidates are monitored online during the test with the assistance of a webcam, mic, and access to the student computer screen.
All students are required to attend assessments, exams or tests when they are assigned, or they will receive a zero (0). When the absent for an assessment is excused students are given a make-up exam. Students may receive both a performance mastery grade as well as a participation grade for all assessments, exams or tests. Sometimes, students are permitted to retake a test depending on the circumstances of re-taking of the test.