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Can you fill in these missing letters?

COLL____ATE

COMM___ATE

CR__T__ TH___KING and PR_BL__M S__LVING

CR__T___ITY and IM___G__N__TION

C__R____ITY

C____RT___SY and ET____Q___TTE

INI____TIVE and ENTRE_____NEURING

AG____TY and AD___PT___ITY

ACC____SS and ANA____ZE information

 

 

Tony Wagner, a professor at Harvard University, wrote a book called The Global Achievement Gap.  He identified seven important skills that students need in the 21st Century.

My mentor Dennis Yuzenas added “courtesy and etiquette.” 

To help you remember these items, think of C I A.

When people ask me, “What do you teach?” they usually mean, “What subject do you teach?”  I reply, “I teach the nine global skills.   My students think that I’m a math teacher, but I’m preparing them to become global citizens.”

Math is everywhere, History is everywhere, French and Spanish are everywhere, and Chemistry, Physics, Biology are everywhere.  As a math teacher, I might be the perfect person to teach writing or history to a student who loves math but doesn’t like other subjects.  I might be the wrong person to teach math to someone who hates math, unless I say, “M@ is a four-letter word” and I use other ways of teaching. 

I met a remarkable principal, Dana Ligocki, who created puns with words.  Look at this unforgettable way of talking about numbers.


 

Another principal, Diane Grondin, told me to focus on the individual.  “Do whatever it takes to make math real for each student.  Don’t teach to the middle.  Find what works and do it.”  So I put a number line running along the end of the ceiling of two walls with square roots next to each number.  “Square root of 625” was under “25” so the students can see the relationship.  These principals inspire me to become a better "guide on the side."

 

Here are the answers to the missing letters. 

 

COLL_abor_ATE

COMM_unic_ATE

CR_i_T_ical Th_in_KING and PR_o_BL_e_M S_o_LVING

CR_ea_T_iv_ITY and IM_a_G_i_N_a_TION

C_u_R_ios_ITY

C_ou_RT_e_SY and ET_i_Q_ue_TTE

INI_tia_TIVE and ENTRE_pre_NEURING

AG_ili_TY and AD_a_PT_abil_ITY

ACC_e_SS and ANA_ly_ZE information

 








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