Seven Survival Skills Essential in the 21st Century
- Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
- Collaboration Across Networks and Learning by Influence
- Agility and Adaptability
- Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
- Effective Oral and Written Communication
- Assessing and Analyzing Information
- Curiosity and Imagination
I’m reading David Lee’s book, Design Thinking in the Classroom where he cites Wagner’s list and how it resonates with him and successful teachers he’s worked with. He also quotes a CEO with the same name, who says he’s looking for workers who “act to create their own work.” In other words, they don’t wait for what to do, but instead take initiative. He also says this will allow him to lead the company while employees can go deeper into… presumably whatever they’ve been hired to do.
Which ones resonate with you? How can we address these in the 21st century schools wherein we work?
Lee argues that we have to be less concerned with what kids learn and instead concern ourselves with how. I couldn’t help but see the parallels in Wagner’s list, and Lee’s ideas, to our definitions for Deeper Learning. So Lee the CEO wants his employees to be able to go deeper, presumably applying knowledge as critical thinkers, adaptive collaborators, and curious, creative communicators.
This is the first time I’ve encountered the idea of deeper learning, and if I can extend that idea, let’s call it deeper thinking, outside the realm to school. It is so simple. Why develop learners who have had the opportunity to follow an idea, try out an idea, fail, and try again, until together, with help from their peers, they succeed at creating or solving something they have designed? — unless, of course, that the skills related to that learning have real utility and relevance outside of school?
Looking forward to sharing more insights as I continue.