Season 3: Episode 2 – Building a Common Understanding of the 4Cs

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-8-08-06-pmIn this episode,  we are talking about the 4Cs. In our last episode, we talked about building a shared understanding of our vision. Onr focus this school year is to build a shared understanding of the 4Cs. In this podcast, we introduce the 4Cs.

Critical Thinking


  • Reason Effectively
  • Use Systems Thinking
  • Make Judgments and Decisions
  • Identify, define and solve authentic problems and essential questions
  • Collect, assess, and analyze relevant information
  • Reflect critically on learning experiences, processes, and solutions

Additional Resources which you can use with PLNs/Department Meetings – Critical Thinking

Intro Video

Critical Thinking Resources

Thinking Protocols / Making Thinking Visible Salisbury Access Only

4Cs Rubrics Salisbury Access Only

Questions for Discussion:

  1. How can you explicitly teach critical thinking using thinking protocols or other tools?
  2. How can students practice critical thinking in your classroom?



  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams
  • Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal
  • Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member

Additional Resources which you can use with PLNS/Department Meetings – Collaboration

Questions for Discussion:

  1. How do we explicitly teach students to collaborate?
  2. What opportunities do our students have to collaborate with peers and/or experts?



  • Use effective interpersonal skills during conversations and discussion to build positive relationships with others and promote collaborative learning.
  • Communicate interactively and effectively to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others using a range of contemporary tools, transmissions and processes.
  • Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions.  Communicate ideas through the creation of authentic products using a combination of words, data, and visual representations to inform, persuade and entertain others.
  • Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual).  Show cultural understanding and global awareness when engaging with learners of other cultures.

Additional Resources for PLNs/Department Meetings – Communication

Questions for Discussion

  • What opportunities do our students have to learn to communicate with peers/adults through multiple medium?
  • How has communication evolved? How is this evolution relevant in your context?



  • Think Creatively
  • Work Creatively with Others
  • Implement Innovations

Additional Resources for PLNs/Department Meetings – Creativity

Questions for Discussion

  1. What opportunities do our students have to create in our classes?
  2. How do students use multiple media to create independently and collaboratively?

Join in the conversation!

Each episode we’ll leave you with a question or two to think about with the idea of provoking conversation.

This week’s questions:

  1. How do you foster the 4Cs in your classroom or organization?
  2. How do we as adults reflect the 4 Cs in our work as teachers and leaders?

You can join the conversation by leaving a comment below or by using the hashtag #TLTalkRadio on Twitter.

Explore Additional Resources:

In this episode, we provided many resources for each of the 4Cs.  Additional information available at:

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