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4 Soft Skills Education Professionals Need

Posted by Kate Seat on Aug 31, 2016 7:30:00 AM
Topics: K-12, professional development

Continuing professional development is important for any field, but it's especially crucial for educators. With new technology being introduced, course materials trends evolving and new methods of classroom management emerging, it can be a lot to keep up with — that's why a solid training program is a must. However, to be truly well-rounded, educators should also work on developing these soft skills.

This excerpt from an article from the Global Digital Citizenship Foundation explains more: 

Collaboration is a key soft skill for educators

Problem Solving

As far as education soft skills go, this one is probably the most important. The ability to solve real-world problems using a guided process like Solution Fluency is crucial to surviving and thriving in the present and the future.

Why Problem Solving Matters: The world is changing, and will keep on changing dramatically. Our children will be solving future problems that we can’t even imagine yet. They’ll face challenges that require the skills needed to define a problem, design an appropriate solution, and put it to effective use. Problem-solving skills will help them tackle anything from writing a shopping list to designing and realizing their biggest dreams.

Leadership

Leadership is one of those education soft skills that can change people’s lives in positive ways. One who leads isn’t one who manages. What a leader does is inspire, motivate, and empower. It’s about seeing the best in people and showing them how they can use it to be proactive in all they do.

Why Leadership Matters: Natural leaders are an asset in any classroom, and on every workforce. Anyone whose attitude moves from “I can do it” to “We can do it” makes everybody better. It’s the right kind of independence and willingness to take responsibility for making good things happen, not just simply getting things done. Leaders see more, do more, and learn more than they would if they were simply delegators or managers.

Communication

In the digital age, communication has transformed beyond face-to-face interaction. We communicate using technology more than ever. Even so, whatever medium we choose to connect with, there are skills we can acquire to help us communicate more effectively.

Why Communication Matters: In school, we work in groups to produce solutions to the challenges and problems we face. In the workplace, we do the exact same thing. The only way this can be done effectively is with good communication. Having communication skills means less stress, more productivity, and better relationship-building practices.

Collaboration

This means being able to work in groups that are both physical and virtual. It includes proficiency in communication, empathy, and leadership values. It means being able to work with someone across the world just as easily and productively as someone across the room. This is why Collaboration Fluency is one of the Essential Fluencies being taught in classrooms all over the globe.

Why Collaboration Matters: Working in groups is a hallmark of the digital age. Our classrooms and businesses incorporate teamwork into their daily practices. Being able to work with others has a permanent place among the education soft skills we can all benefit from


Via Global Digital Citizen Foundation
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About Kate Seat

Kate Seat is a former copywriter at MBS. When away from work, she’s either creating one-of-a-kind art dolls, reading or watching way too much tv with her husband, daughter and an irritable chinchilla named Klaus.

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