Professional Development

Breaking Down the 4 C’s

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!

2 thoughts on “Breaking Down the 4 C’s

  1. 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 🙂

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