Author: Sensory Edge

9 Skills Students Need in the Future Workforce

Our professional world is constantly evolving, and it is substantially important that students have the ability to adapt to each change that will be presented in the workforce. One of the main skills that students need to become well-versed in is digital knowledge. Digital automation is highly prevalent in today’s world, and future employees will need to know how to adapt accordingly. Since many companies are beginning to do business globally, having access to global citizenship is also another important trait to obtain before entering a new professional position. Key Takeaways: While some of the digital literacy skills critical to the jobs of tomorrow come naturally through habitual use of technology, others must be taught like any other academic subject. The jobs of the future will increasingly require cognitive habits such as curiosity, intellectual flexibility and effective analysis of information. Students need to learn emotional intelligence and empathy in order to interact positively with others and build fulfilling relationships across all parts of their lives. “There are lots of factors that contribute to this unemployment, including changes in the economy and shifts in the types of jobs needed to support the economy.” Read more:...

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10 Smart Ideas for Integrating Language Arts and Social Studies

Combining the nearly omnipresent applicability and necessity of language arts with the interesting content of social studies can help kids do better at learning both. Stock some really good-quality nonfiction books and magazines, and consider appointing one (or more) students to act as news anchor(s). Focus on analytical historical thinking, vocabulary and understanding primary sources rather than just lists of factoids, and consider projects such as historical role play or a class timeline instead of limiting yourself to just written reports. Key Takeaways: Social studies tends to be more fun for young students, because it covers far away places and interesting different norms. Teachers can leverage this fascination students have with social studies to integrate some necessary language art skills into the social studies curriculum. This sort of thinking enables students to realize that critical language skills, like reading comprehension and data analysis can fit right in with learning all about volcanoes. “If you have classroom jobs, this is a nice addition to the lineup. The role of the news anchor is to share one to three events happening in the news during your morning meeting or another transition time. Students can then discuss what?s happening or respond in writing.” Read more: Classroom Book Displays to house books at...

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4 Ways to Help Kids Succeed in Math –’s Teacher Voice

Finding alternatives to rote memorization can help kids with a variety of cognitive styles learn math more deeply. Adding in elements of science, technology, engineering and art to create a STEAM curriculum encouraging kids to think about the big picture can help impart invaluable practical problem-solving skills and teach kids to actually use what they’re learning in real life. Consider having kids create and maintain a math journal for story problems and to track their own progress. Use neuroscience and other teaching techniques to instill a growth mindset in students. These kinds of approaches can help kids to really understand mathematical principles and how to use them. Key Takeaways: Initiate activities that combine student interest with their math content standards. One example is figuring out how to design a new playground. Help your students see the big picture in math. Explain to them why they are doing something and how it could be relevant in the real world. Help your students by making them create a math journal which they will use in solving math problems and record daily math activities. “Jo Boaler, professor of mathematics education at Stanford Graduate School of Education, says in Stanford News, “All children are different in their mathematical thinking, strengths, and interests” Read more: Find toys that teach at...

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NQT Mentoring – The Most Important Job In Teaching?

A newly-qualified NQT teacher is always paired with a mentor. For both it should be a valuable interim. Newbies get to try out their wings with the safety net of a teacher that’s been there and more than likely seen it all. For the mentor there’s the chance to kick the dust off their own practices and see how well they really translate for the newest generation of educators. Plus, they can see what the newest in education thinking looks like up-close and personal. Mentoring may not seem as critical as teaching, but when one measures the impact the new teacher will have it becomes obvious the job is life-changing and will impact scores of children for years to come. So, mentors should be prepared to get it right and to say what’s needed to be said, because there will be mishaps. Friendliness is fine and bolstering is too. After all, a lot of newly-qualifieds report not really feeling ‘real’ yet. The mentor is there to assure them they are indeed real. And when the year is up, while the wings are still drying it’s important that mentors stay in touch. Key Takeaways: Casual research suggests that many NQTs don’t feel ‘real’ while they are undergoing their first year. A mentor should be friendly, but should also be prepared to be firm and even take an NQT to task...

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