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21st Century Skills

What Are 21st Century Skills?

By: Bri Stauffer
March 19th, 2020

21st Century skills are 12 abilities that today’s students need to succeed in their careers during the Information Age.

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Career Readiness | Middle School | 21st Century Skills

How to Teach 21st Century Skills in Middle School

By: Bri Stauffer
February 20th, 2020

21st Century skills are a popular topic among educators, especially in relation to middle school career readiness classes.

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Career Readiness | High School | 21st Century Skills

How to Teach Initiative to High School Students

By: Bri Stauffer
May 23rd, 2019

It’s never easy to teach students how to take initiative. How do you know which students are comfortable with initiative, and how do you help the ones who need it? On top of that, how do you know students have mastered initiative for the workplace? One teacher told us that employers list “initiative” as the biggest issue they face with new employees coming from work-based learning programs. So how can you motivate your students to take initiative in the classroom and the workplace?

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Middle School | 21st Century Skills

How to Teach Internet Safety to Middle School Students

By: Chris Zook
July 26th, 2018

Today, middle school students are constantly connected to the world around them through the Internet — for better or worse.

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Career Readiness | Employability Skills | Soft Skills | 21st Century Skills

Life Skills vs. Soft Skills vs. Career Skills vs. Employability Skills — What Are the Differences?

By: Chris Zook
June 14th, 2018

Today, teachers throughout the United States are focusing more on prepping their students for their future careers. Some teachers do this by creating a life skills curriculum. Others make a soft skills curriculum. Sometimes, they made a career skills or employability skills curriculum. Surprisingly, all of these teachers mean the same thing – they just have different ways of saying it! That means some wires got crossed somewhere.

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21st Century Skills | Collaboration

What Is Collaborative Learning (and How Do You Teach It)?

By: Chris Zook
April 19th, 2018

Today, the Internet has connected Americans unlike anything else in history. Students in middle school and high school have been born into a household that had high-speed Internet service, meaning many don’t know life without it. But even with that background, many students (and even teachers) ignore one of the Internet’s best qualities. Collaboration.

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