15 Replies Latest reply on Nov 28, 2011 7:39 AM by mwehrl

    Gems of 21st Century Skills Part 3: Life and Career Skills



      As more and more classrooms embrace the idea of 21st century learning and target how these skills can be used to enrich classroom content, we thought it would be beneficial to build a list of examples and resources to help inspire teachers and professional development leaders. 

      We are asking you to share your knowledge in building these list through three separate  threads - one for each of the 21st Century Strings (1) Learning and Innovation (2) Information, Media, and Technology Skills, and (3) Life and Career Skills. 

      Here is what we’re looking for:
      • Videos of classroom examples
      • Online Resources that allow practice or provide support of the skills
      • Mobile Apps that go along with those skills
      • Scaffolds (Documents, Presentations, or Handouts) that support the use of the skills
      • Stories and Showcases demonstrating or fostering the skills

      More detailed information on the Life and Career specific skills can be found at the Partnership of 21st Century Skills. 

      To keep this discussion fresh and focused, we will challenge you with a specific set of the 21st Century skills for you to share your resources, so be sure to bookmark this discussion and come back often. 

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      All entries for this game will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon Kindle.  Unfortunately, for legal reasons, we can only ship prizes within the  U.S., but the contents of this discussion are applicable to every Intel Teach educator worldwide, so please help build a solid set of resources for everyone.  We look forward to your contributions.

      Flexibility and Adaptability

      Adapt to Change
      • Adapt to varied roles, jobs responsibilities, schedules and context
      • Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities

      Be Flexible
      • Incorporate feedback effectively
      • Deal positively with praise, setbacks and criticism
      • Understand, negotiate and balance diverse views and beliefs to reach workable solutions, particularly in multi-cultural environments

      Initiative and Self-Direction

      Manage Goals and Time
      • Set goals with tangible and intangible success criteria
      • Balance tactical (short-term) and strategic (long-term) goals
      • Utilize time and manage workload efficiently

      Work Independently
      • Monitor, define, prioritize and complete tasks without direct oversight

      Be Self-directed Learners
      • Go beyond basic mastery of skills and/or curriculum to explore and expand one’s own learning and opportunities to gain expertise
      • Demonstrate initiative to advance skill levels towards a professional level
      • Demonstrate commitment to learning as a lifelong process
      • Reflect critically on past experiences in order to inform future progress


      Social and Cross-Cultural Skills (July 31 - August 14)


      Interact Effectively with Others

      • Know when it is appropriate to listen and when to speak
      • Conduct themselves in a respectable, professional manner

      Work Effectively in Diverse Teams

      • Respect cultural differences and work effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds
      • Respond open-mindedly to different ideas and values
      • Leverage social and cultural differences to create new ideas and increase both innovation and quality of work


      Productivity and Accountability

      Manage Projects
      • Set and meet goals, even in the face of obstacles and competing pressure
      • Prioritize, plan and manage work to achieve the intended result

      Produce Results
      • Demonstrate additional attributes associated with producing high quality products including the abilities to:
      • Work positively and ethically
      • Manage time and projects effectively
      • Multi-task
      • Participate actively, as well as be reliable and punctual
      • Present oneself professionally and with proper etiquette
      • Collaborate and cooperate effectively with teams
      • Respect and appreciate team diversity
      • Be accountable for results


      Leadership and Responsibility

      Guide and Lead Others
      • Use interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence and guide others toward a goal
      • Leverage strengths of others to accomplish a common goal
      • Inspire others to reach their very best via example and selflessnes
      • Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior in using influence and power

      Be Responsible to Others
      • Act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind