With texting and messaging apps at their fingertips, today’s middle school students can communicate more quickly and easily than ever. However, text-based messaging doesn’t have the added benefits of vocal tone, face-to-face conversation, or context that past generations may have taken for granted. This means middle school teachers need lesson plans and activity ideas to bridge that gap in communication skills.
We’ve heard from thousands of teachers that their high school students need help learning good communication skills. Those same teachers say it’s because of the rise in messaging technology — especially text messaging. Students just don’t have the same face-to-face relationships that they had 20 years ago.
Where can I find some new communication lesson plans that my students and I can get excited about? CTE teachers know that to get students ready for the work force, it's no longer simply about certifications and licenses. While those items are critical, so are communication skills that will get them a foot in the door and then a lasting foothold on their careers.
Is the pressure on you to better prepare students with work readiness skills? Join the club of teachers looking to develop or expand their workplace readiness skills curriculum. I once compared my daughter's soccer team's lack of conditioning to skipping out on soft skills in the classroom. "Sadly, their awesome soccer skills have little value on the field if they don’t have the speed or endurance to play the game. In the same way, leaving soft skills lesson plans out of your courses puts your students at a disadvantage in the workplace." Make sure your students are going to be able to compete in the workplace!