Empower Your Students with The 4 C’s Learning Menu
YOU can empower your students with this 4 C’s learning menu! If you’ve followed this blog for very long, you’ve probably noticed I’m a big fan of learning menus aka choice boards.
Student Choice + 4 C’s = Supercharged Learning!
What is a Learning Menu?
Learning Menus are a form of differentiated learning that gives students a menu or choice of learning activities.
The 4 C’s
The 4 C’s are integral to dynamic learning, and every dynamic learning experience should include at least one of the 4 Cs.
Creativity: The use of imagination and original ideas to solve problems and create.
(Examples: Cultivate creativity and innovation with projects that require students to design original solutions, invent something new to solve a problem, or integrate art and design with room to fail.)
Communication: The ability to effectively and clearly communicate for a variety of audiences and using a variety of tools and mediums.
(Examples: Give students opportunities to interact with adult experts, authors, and real-world audiences. Let them experience speaking and presenting.)
Collaboration: Learning and working in groups or teams, locally and/or globally, to achieve a goal.
(Examples: Ensure there is a purpose to the collaboration and not just group work. Form partners and teams strategically with assigned leadership roles, include team-building exercises, establish collaboration guidelines and shared decision-making.)
Critical Thinking: The ability to conceptualize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information for the purpose of deeper understanding, problem solving, and guiding action.
(Examples: Create learning experiences, such as mock trials or debates, scientific investigations, interpreting events in history or literature, or design challenges.)
As you integrate the 4 C’s in your classroom, you will easily see how they overlap and support each other.
In what ways are you already integrating the 4 Cs into your curriculum?
The 4 C’s Learning Menu
This learning menu was openly designed using Google Slides so that it can easily be adapted for just about any grade level or subject area.
You can control and align this with your content, topics, and units of study.
The Teacher’s Guide
I have also included a Teacher’s Guide (slide 2 of the template) with tips to revise for your classroom needs. Use one idea or use them all. Totally up to you!
Download The 4 C’s Learning Menu
Below are two choices to download. The template link allows you to preview and click the “use template” button, but these do not work as well on mobile devices. The “make a copy” link will prompt you to make a copy and add to your Google Drive. (Please do not request access.)
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