How do we prepare our students to be successful in their future? To determine the answer to this question, we need to involve students, trainers, teachers, parents, businesses and community members to equip students with the skills they need. In other words, we need everyone to participate!
In order to address this problem from the attitude of teachers, I want to look at three different questions:
- What skills do our students need to be successful?
- In order to help students develop these skills, what kind of projects and assessments can we involve them in?
- What tools and practices can we use to implement these skills in the classroom?
The purpose of this article is to address these three questions, the following are the ten skills most often mentioned:
In the digital age, things are changing at a very high rate. By the time employees learn the latest software or releases, better and newer versions emerge. Our students learn adaptive thinking.
In the digital age, we have access to a wide range of new ways to communicate from video conferencing to social media, and future employers must be able to connect with people within their team, as well as people outside the team and the organization.
Most classrooms promote a culture of competition and independence. Instead of a culture of teamwork and cooperation, future employers will need to adapt quickly to a culture of cooperation. They will need to collaborate with others inside and outside the organization, often using a number of new technologies.
Critical thinking and problem solving skills
There is a marked decrease in the focus on staff who follow the directives, and a greater focus on critical thinking and problem solving. In a rapidly changing world, employers need employees who can solve problems, provide ideas and help improve their workplace.
This includes the ability of employers to plan, organize, train and implement independently, rather than waiting for someone to do it for them.
The vast majority of academic assessments ask students for answers; we rarely assess students about their ability to ask questions;
Skills in technology
All employees need to be skilled at using technology. In our digital age, technology is everywhere, but our schools have been slow to adapt to this change, and students are rarely asked to learn technology efficiently.
creativity and innovation
This skill is often required, I think it is linked to the ability to ask good questions and the ability to solve problems, and employers will look for employees more and more for innovative solutions to the issues at hand.
Schools rarely spend time teaching students interpersonal skills, including skills such as time management or organizational skills, or the ability to know a person by looking at what is in their eyes when talking to them, as it seems that these days this skill will disappear.
Though this skill has always been important, it seems to be slowly disappearing, and our students’ ability to position themselves as someone else, understand their feelings and help them solve their problems is very small.