The current trends taking shape in education are evident. The pandemic has had a ranging impact on schools across all grade levels. It has been a catalyst for innovation and revealed alternative ways to learn. However, it can be challenging to measure the effectiveness of these modern techniques on a global scale.
We recently wrote an article that shares three things coming next in education. In that article, we wrote about educational trends such as competency-based learning, inclusive lesson plans, and utilization of classroom technology as the most significant drivers for what is to come. Below we further the conversation around competency-based learning and discuss the benefits of incorporating soft skill development within the classroom curriculum.
Shapes students for success outside the classroom
Some of the most crucial skills in the workforce are critical thinking, problem-solving, and creative thinking. In alignment with the demands of students, employers want young professionals to demonstrate skills that translate into their work environment. Schools can increase their value by incorporating general soft skill development into their curriculum, such as critical thinking. Teachers must discover ways to encourage students to come together for soft skill development. The institutions that promote the development of such skills will gain a competitive advantage. While businesses adapt and careers become more specialized, these skills are fundamental and can be applied anywhere. Additionally, inclusive lesson plans bridge concepts and help build skills needed in real-life situations and within the workforce. That encourages students to take command of their learning.
Creates equal opportunity for success within the classroom.
Competency-based education is the continuous evaluation of a student’s subject, topic, or skill level within the lesson being taught. Within the past decade, states like New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Rhode Island have begun putting resources behind student-centered curriculums that enhance one’s soft skills, such as critical thinking and collaboration. Higher education faces particular challenges as the demand for job-relevant skills grows. As we see a rise in boot camps and alternative ways to earn skills outside of traditional schooling, traditional measurements of student competency will also have to be evaluated.
Source: Applied Educational Systems
Develops 21st Century Skills
As schools continue to adopt aspects of blended learning, technology can no longer be a barrier to students’ education. As a result, many schools have invested in technical personnel to ensure classroom technologies work in a blended learning environment. In addition, start-ups, applications, and plug-ins are becoming more specialized, thus inevitably making inclusive lesson plans more effective in their implementation. Finally, like the prioritization of certificates, there is an increasing preference for applications incorporating experiential learning to build a deeper understanding of the material. Tutors on-demand, massive open online courses (MOOCs), boot camps, and more will be available. Students expect teachers to support them with a curriculum that helps them understand what it means to think critically in a world that is abundant with information. As a result, students have opportunities to take control of their educational outcomes & overall growth.
Classroom expectations are changing rapidly. Current technology tools have made knowledge sharing nearly universal. The challenge for institutions is to shape a comprehensive learning path that is student-centric, applied, and preparatory for success after school. That will ultimately become the defining measurement of academic success.
Thank you for reading this article! If you want to start incorporating curriculum in your course to help develop soft skills in your students, we would love to talk to you. You can reach us at ecoText.co/contact.
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