1) Wagner identifies seven survival skills that students in the post-recession world need to possess to have effective careers. They are:
A. critical thinking and problem solving
B. collaboration across networks and leading by influence
C. agility and adaptability
D. initiative and entrpreneurship
E. accessing and analyzing information
F. effective oral and written communication
G. curiosity and imagination
How many of these are you hitting in your curriculum? What types of lessons do you employ to teach B, D and G? I think those are the ones I need to work on.
2) Wagner thinks that the key to student success is not their ability to problem solve (like we focus so much on today); however, he feels it is their ability to create while using problem solving skills.
3) He thinks we need to be teaching conflict management. He gives an example of Apple having to conflict with their suppliers when they are looking for a product that does not exist. They have to
4) Wagner thinks the most important aspect of teaching is incorporating free play. I teach high school students so the idea of free play is difficult. I know though that when I have a skit planned or a stop-motion using m&ms tracking the migration patterns of humans...that's play (while learning, right?).
As always, feel free to comment!