7 Skills Students Will Need

The 7 Skills Students Will Need in Their Future (and in ours!)

Dr. Tony Wagner, co-director of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group has identified what he calls a “global achievement gap,” which is the gap between what even the best schools are teaching and the must-have skills of the future.

In this video, he describes those skills, why they are important,  what they look like when used, and how they can be fostered in students. He also provides examples of how the 7 skills are used. In brief, those skills are

  1. Critical thinking and problem solving
  2. Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
  3. Agility and adaptability
  4. Initiative and entrepreneurialism
  5. Effective oral and written communication
  6. Accessing and analyzing information
  7. Curiosity and imagination

Wagner also provides examples of these skills used in classrooms—and classrooms where these skills are absent.

Other topics include testing, school and district expectations, use of technologies, and bridging student needs and school opportunities. The entire video is great, but if you want the part on only the 7 skills,  start at 3:16

The question posed by this video is “What are teachers, and the school system in general, doing, and what can they do, to promote these skills?

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