A group of second graders getting on a school bus for the first day of school

First day writing exercise

Take a look at the Mozilla “framework for entry-level web literacy & 21st Century skills” linked to in the first entry under our key terms, and reproduced as an image below. The Mozilla map is interactive, so spend a bit of time clicking through some of the terms and reading their descriptions. Think about these literacy skills and how they are organized, what is included, what is left out, how useful they are. Once you feel like you have a pretty good grasp of the framework, think for a minute or two about how those skills apply to where you are right now and write a paragraph responding to these three questions:

  • What are the 1 or 2 21st Century Skills that you are currently strong in? How do you employ these skills in your life now?
  • What are the 1 or 2 21C Skills that you are weakest or most unfamiliar with? Why haven’t you practiced those very much?
  • What is the single skill on that list that you would most like to improve and develop? Developing that skill might mean enhancing already-strong skills, or fixing a weakness, or something else.

I've said before that every crafstman searches for what's not there to practice his craft. A builder looks for the rotten hole where the roof caved in. A water-carrier picks the empty pot. A carpenter stops at the house with no door.
-- Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273)

Mozilla's map of 21st Century Skills

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