While the term may feel worn, the need to provide students with skills for a rapidly changing world is no less urgent. We know our children will need to be able to think critically, collaborate with others, develop creative solutions, communicate across platforms, have strong character, and possess a foundation of cultural competence.
At Colorado Academy, our intentional efforts to ensure that these skills—what we call the Six Cs—are central to teaching and learning, even at the youngest grades. We teach students how to define a problem, analyze factors, make decisions, and support them with evidence.
We also teach a process for developing insights and creative solutions. We make it a regular practice for students to solve problems that matter to students, not problems that adults tell them they should care about. And we give every student the time to practice these skills over and over again, making it safe to make mistakes, and to realize that failure leads to learning, and learning to success.