Turning passion into performance. Too many kids separate their interests from their academics, even if the two have a lot in common. Science class is one thing, and exploring nature in the backyard is another. Separating interests from work is a bad habit that can continue through life if we don’t learn to love what we do.
Coalition for Science After School
The most critical skill students should master is being able to creatively solve problems. Being able to brainstorm, to create new ideas, and to try new ways to solve problems is essential to our future as participants in a global economy.
Special education teacher
Chuckey Doak High School
Besides reading and math computation, everyone needs to know how to solve problems. The most successful people in our society are not always the brightest academically, but they are all able to solve problems. Not the kind of problems that have trains going in opposite directions at different speeds, but the kind that force you to think through a situation and come up with reasonable alternatives that help you accomplish a task or do a job. Problem solvers have critical-thinking skills and are able to assess along the way whether their thought process is reasonable. Problem solvers also think quickly on their feet, because they do not get distracted with extra information. Regardless of career, students need to be able to think through and solve problems to be successful.
Hope Highlands School
Cranston, Rhode Island
The most important skill to teach is thinking. The skills needed for tomorrow don’t exist today, so we must prepare students to be able to think critically and with a systems-based perspective so that they can quickly learn the skills (both physical and mental) they will need to succeed in their lifetime.
Twin Rivers Unified School District
Our future success depends on our cooperative agility.
- Collaboration Generation: Teaching and Learning for a New Age
- World Without Walls: Learning Well with Others
- Collaborative Crusader: Creating a Twenty-First-Century Learning Community for Teachers
- Real World, San Diego: Hands-On Learning at High Tech High
- From Cornfields to Computers: Reinventing a Township for the Modern Age
- Taking the Initiative: A Sweeping Agenda for Twenty-First-Century Change
- Jobs of Tomorrow: Classifieds Our Students Should Get Prepared to Read
- What’s Not on the Test: How to Turn Assessment into Learning
- Youth Voices: What the Next Generation Wants to Learn
- Transformed by Technology: The Future Is Present
- Adult-World Connections: An Internship with Real Impact for Rescuers
- The DNA of Learning: Teens Tackle Animal Poaching Through Genetics
- High Tech, Higher Learning: A School Grows Its Own Teachers
- Team Teaching: Two Teachers, Three Subjects, One Project
- Taking the Lead: An Interview with Larry Rosenstock
- Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age: A New Model for the Workplace
- Form and Function: The Sights and Sounds of Science-Art Projects
- All Together Now: A Teacher’s Life at High Tech High (audio slide show)
- Beyond Technology: A School District Refocuses for This Century (audio slide show)