I’ve been fortunate to work for a district that values deeper levels of learning. For years, I have been challenged to think about the depth of 4 C’s within the lessons that I taught. It challenged me to be more creative and more thoughtful about the lessons I designed for students. It challenged me to think about how I integrated technology into my classroom. It very much became the guide in every lesson an experience that I designed for students. It never was easy nor do I think it ever will be. But no one can deny that it is good for kids – and that’s all that matters.
As my district challenged me to integrate the 4 C’s into my lessons, I quickly found that it became a passion area of mine. So, it’s no surprise that 4 C’s became a big part of my BoostEDU launch in the last year. With the launch of the BoostEDU 4 C’s Self-Assessment, I designed a series of questions to help educators evaluate the depth of the 4 C’s in their lessons. As teachers answer the questions, it tallies up their responses and gives them their depth of the 4 C’s in their lessons, followed by practical ideas and activities for them to use in the future.
(Interested in trying out the self-assessment? Click HERE!)
While the self-assessment is extremely valuable (I’m biased, of course), I thought it would be helpful to create an infographic/rubric of the breakdown of the 4 C’s. I have to give MAJOR credit to my school district, Hesperia Unified SD, for the initial rubric which was the launching point for these rubrics. From that rubric, I broke it down into three parts:
- What/Who – What types of <insert critical thinking/creativity> are being used? Or Who are students <collaborating/communicating> with?
- How – How are students demonstrating “insert 4 C”?
- Why – Why are students <insert 4 C>?
By breaking this down, I was not only able to create the BoostEDU self-assessment but I was better able to understand the depth of the 4 C’s. I was better able to understand the many factors that make the 4 C’s what they are and gained a clearer picture on how to implement these ideas in a lesson. I am in no way an expert but I did spend several months tearing apart the 4 C’s and breaking it down into chunks.
Below, you will see a breakdown of the 4 C’s. These infographics are located in Google Slides and they are yours to take for free. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m all about “teachers give teachers”, so steal away. All I hope is that this can help educators provide a greater depth of learning in their lessons to students. It’s cheesy – but that’s worth a lot more than money.
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The 4 C’s Google Slides Rubrics
PNG’s: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity
I hope that you find value in these resources. And, if you have any other resources to share for the 4 C’s, please drop them in the comment section below!
5 thoughts on “Breaking Down the 4 C’s”
I love your motto teachers give teachers. Consider adding a Creative Commons license to your rubrics, and anything you share, to ensure others can benefit and find your amazing resources 🙂
This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing!
Awesome, this resoures are really helpful. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks so much for your work and for sharing these resources!
Thanks for the wonderful share. The rubrics make it much easier for the educators to observe.