When children and adults are going through educational classes, they are learning much more than the curriculum put in front of them. There are a variety of skills that are also developed during that time that are essential for growth.
Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking
The ability to perform critical thinking is necessary when faced when any problem in class and in life. While faced with questions in a classroom setting, it is up to a student to think critically in some instances to develop a solution. The answer doesn’t always come out in black and white. Sometimes there is more than one way to come to the answer, and other times there is more than one right answer to the same question.
It is vital in education to help students develop these skills throughout the lesson plan. They are still learning the information necessary to complete the work and pass the class, but there is more behind it all than just getting a good grade.
Agility and Adaptability
Agility is when students can take their experiences and learn from them. Moreover, they take what they have learned and apply them in new places. Adaptability is when an individual has the ability to deal with change. Teachers implement the idea by presenting students with problems where they have to adapt to what is given to them and use various tools to come up with a solution.
Agility and adaptability are essential skills for when a person enters the career field. To be successful, he or she needs to be able to travel to different places and work on a variety of tasks in a flexible way. Those that can do this without problem are more likely to climb the ladder more quickly to a managerial or leadership roles.
Entrepreneurialism and Initiative
Entrepreneurialism and initiative is one’s ability to take the ideas they have or are given and make them actionable. Innovation, risk-taking, and creativity are all part of entrepreneurialism and initiative. Students also learn how to reach their goals through managing projects.
After entering the workforce, employees are expected to complete their duties on their own. Teachers work on these skills through setting up projects or rewards that students want to take the initiative to achieve. It forces them to do the work on their own and shows them how to be successful by applying what they have been taught.
Effective Written and Oral Communication
Written and oral communication is only as good as its effectiveness. Anyone can write a letter or speak to a crowd, but how they do it is what’s important. Throughout school, work, and life in general, there are always reasons to communicate with people whether it be a boss, a teacher, or a classmate. Doing so effectively determines the type of results that are going to be obtained.
Teachers will give students assignments where it is required to either correspond with someone or speak in front of the classroom following a specific set of guidelines. Those guidelines are what teach them how to do the project the proper way and help in building up the ability to take what they have learned with them into the outside world.
Accessing and Analyzing Information
For any homework or research project, students are given a syllabus or topic that they must complete work on. It’s up to them to go to the library or sit at a computer and find the data required to complete the assignment. Not only do they have to locate details on the subject they are covering, but they must also analyze what they are discovering to determine if it’s related and usable for what they are working on.
There is a requirement to determine if what they are reading is fact or opinion as well as evaluate any arguments that have been presented. An effective way to access information includes looking up details from several different sources and determining if the conclusions are the same for each source. Any conflicting, ambiguous, or inadequate information has to be managed and discarded as being invalid in some instances.
Imagination and Curiosity
To have an active mind instead of a passive one, students are taught about imagination and curiosity through project-based learning. They are given a topic but then are left to decide for themselves where to go with it next. It builds and enhances interest, or the desire to learn and know more about specific things. While they are being curious, the mind is opened up to an entirely different set of possibilities and ideas. Things that wouldn’t typically be seen are seen through imagination. By teaching these skills, it leaves out the chance for students to become bored with the routine teaching style. It is one skill that makes learning exciting and fun not only in the classroom but also in the outside world when it comes time to explore new things.
Author Bio – Peter Jones, the author of this article, writes occasionally in support of Wellington College, Bangkok.