Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Educators have to give the students the capability to solve problems to get them to think outside the box. When teaching, I want to present my students with problems that pertain to what's going on in their lives. It's vital that students start to grow as critical thinkers and problem solvers so that they can have a competitive advantage when obtaining a job.
Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence: Using technology is a major factor in the workplace now. Students are involved in technology for most of their time. Teachers should use this to their advantage and have students use their smart phones to work on projects in the classroom. Students will learn to collaborate with different groups of people from diverse cultures.
Agility and Adaptability: Students must know how to adapt to their surrounding and be able to solve problems in difficult situations. "To survive, you have to be flexible and adaptable and a lifelong learner". Teachers need to put students in challenging circumstances so that they can excel in their workplace. We want to create students that will build a great future for our country.
Initiative and Entrepreneurialism: Students must learn how to take initiative and be able to create ideas that can improve the world. The greatest people in history have always taken chances that others were hesitant about. “Leaders today want to see individuals take more initiative and even be entrepreneurial in terms of the ways they seek out new opportunities, ideas, and strategies for improvement.”
Effective Oral and Written Communication: “The biggest skill people are missing is the ability to communicate: both written and oral presentation. It’s a huge issue for us.” Individuals need to know how to articulate their words when talking to others. Communication is always the key in mostly everything we do.
Accessing and Analyzing Information: When presented with information, individuals need to learn how to access and examine that information before making a conclusion. “Rob Gordon said that all high school graduates need to learn how to access and analyze different kinds of information”. It is imperative that when students graduate they can research evidence that are reliable.
Curiosity and Imagination: “Why is it that the longer our kids are in school, the less curious they seem?” The room fell silent. No one challenged her assertion; nor did anyone offer an explanation. This was happening at one of the country’s best private schools!” Educators must give the students some liberty in discovering what they want to be when they get out of high school.
These skills can be applied in the classroom by providing students projects that pertain to their everyday lives. I want to develop lesson plans that will make my students become critical thinkers and problem solvers. I will measure my success on how well my students do in the workforce. What I plan on committing this year in my classroom is having my students create their own fitness program to have a greater understanding of the fitness world.