RBC Economics Research recently published this graphic outlining the Top 5 Skills for Tomorrow’s Jobs.
In it, they share the projected percentage of job openings that rate these skills as “Very Important” (2019-2022).
In the world that we currently live, Complex Problem Solving Skills are critical due to the ever-changing nature of everything we do and the nature of the problems we see ourselves facing. This skill, however, is something we have been talking about for the past 5 or more years. My question to you as the educator is how are YOU teaching/integrating these skills to ensure your students are developing towards leading in their future world?
Let’s do a quick break down of the 5 skills identified above:
Active Listening requires that the listener fully concentrate, understand, respond and then remember what is being said. It is a skill, as a teacher myself, I have used in my classroom to ensure my students understand what they are learning about. By adding deeper layers of formative assessments in my classroom I was able to have students use their active listening skills in such activities as paraphrasing back understandings and sharing their feedback in tools such as Flipgrid.
Speaking requires the active and explicit teaching of HOW to speak and share with confidence. Little things like being able to make eye contact, speak with confidence and knowing when and how to have appropriate conversations based on the audience.
Critical Thinking is the objective analysis of facts to form a judgment. The subject is complex, and several different definitions exist, which generally include the rational, skeptical, unbiased analysis, or evaluation of factual evidence. How critical thinking can be incorporated into teaching and learning experiences is always a challenge for a teacher – how do you ensure this is a part of the classes you teach?
Reading Comprehension is the ability to process text, understand its meaning, and to integrate with what the reader already knows. As a teacher of students at all age levels as they learn to read and grow as a learner, this was always a skill that I believe was fundamental. A skill that all teachers should understand and possess. Reading is great, but understanding is better! How do you take reading to the next level and ensure your students are being extended, challenged and can show their understanding?
Monitoring is the regular observation and recording of activities taking place in a project or programme. It is a process of routinely gathering information on all aspects of the project. To monitor is to check on how project activities are progressing. It is observation; ─ systematic and purposeful observation.
How are these skills explicitly taught in your classrooms or schools and how are you integrating these to ensure your students are prepared for their future world? I look forward to hearing your ideas and thoughts on this …