21C learner/Learning: Refers to the skills, knowledge and attitudes students will need to be successful in the twenty first century. Some examples are:

  • Learning and innovation skills: critical thinking and problem solving, communications and collaboration, creativity and innovation
  • Digital literacy skills: information literacy, media literacy, Information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy
  • Career and life skills: flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, social and cross-cultural interaction, productivity and accountability

Active Learning: With active learning, students are asked to discover, process and apply new information – not just listen.

Adaptive support network: each student receives personalized support for their learning and development

Co-Constructed curriculum: Students are included in deciding what they would like to learn.

Competency-based progression: Students progress to the next phase of learning when they are ready, not when the school year ends. For a slideshow with more details, view this presentation by Brent Abrahams.

Fiat: A formal authorization or proposition; a mandate or decree. FLoW21 fiats are the actions we will take to achieve our targets.

Flipped Learning: In flipped learning the skill lesson and homework or practice lesson locations are reversed. The “lecture” or skills aspect of the lesson is given first, usually online for homework, and then the students practice applying the skill the next day in class.

Growth Mindset/fixed mindset: People with a fixed mindset believe their abilities are fixed by their natural talent. People with a growth mindset believe they can always achieve more through dedication and hard work.

Individualized instruction: Teacher mentors provide 1:1 help, guidance and teaching for students depending on their needs.

Individualized learning: What, how and when a student learns are tailored to each student.

Individualized schedules and timetables: Students have some fixed time activities they must attend such as labs or group activities, but other study periods can be scheduled based on the needs of the student at that time

Learning Spaces: Any space that can be used for learning. Classrooms, gyms, library, playgrounds, gardens, greenhouses.

Project Based Learning (PBL): Curriculum content and skills are developed by students through solving real world type problems. The grade 5 PYP exhibition, and middle/high school design classes are examples of PBL.

Reinvent: It is increasingly common for people to have more than one career throughout their working life – they therefore need to ‘reinvent’ themselves as new opportunities become available.

Team Teaching: Teachers teach together in a single classroom.