Giving Soft Skills a Hard Focus

The days of teaching students in rows, lecturing at them, and giving a one-sized-fits-most lesson are gone. This model of education was fitting for a workforce that required mostly assembly line jobs in productivity. However, today’s careers, and those we haven’t even begun to fathom yet, require more than repetitive action. These jobs require creativity, out of the box thinking, and problem solving.

If you watched this video, what are your thoughts? It’s amazing to me how much the workforce has change in 20 short years, and I definitely have a job that didn’t exist 20 years ago. Think about how much your career as an educator has changed since you became a teacher. Isn’t it staggering at times how much ideologies, best practices, and instructional materials/tools change?

“What skills are most important for companies that are hiring? There are some skills and qualities that employers require of all applicants for employment, regardless of the position they are hiring for. These are called soft skills, and they include the interpersonal skills and attributes you need to succeed in the workplace.”

Alison Doyle

It is imperative that we provide our self-sufficient, screen motivated generation with opportunities to come up for air and interact with their peers. We need to model collaborative, productive discourse for our learners. In all facets of life, communication is essential. However to prepare our learners to tackle professions that have yet to exist, we need to encourage collaboration that is innovative and problem solving. Who knows? One of our students may be responsible for the next big tool, technology, or process that allows for some of these future positions to be developed.

communication pic

Doesn’t this graphic prove how essential it is to teach students to collaborate when they are in school and developing social skills that will impact and help them progress in their chosen professions?


About bulldogtechteach

I am a technology integrator serving in a k-1 and a 2-5 elementary building. I firmly believe in the power of technology to engage students and allow them to create and master their learning.
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