Rowntree Montessori Schools recently had the opportunity to engage with educational technology leaders and educators from around the country, at a leading technology conference. One key take-away that seemed to resonate with everyone was the agreement that as educators, in the absence of knowing the precise occupational landscape of the future for our students, teachers must focus on supporting students in building a skill-set made up of 21st Century competencies, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. Not only will this approach equip students to solve the problems of the future, but it will lead them to become personally successful, economically productive, and actively engaged citizens.
Many analysts predict that jobs of the future will drastically change, as the workforce loses many general labourer jobs and will have new requirements for areas related to computer programming, design, internet security, anti-cyber crime and multiple other areas we cannot yet fathom. It is crucial that we teach our students how to use their learned skills to problem solve and adapt to future work environments. We need to ensure that our students are prepared to take on a whole new set of challenges that come with these future jobs.
As Jaime Casap, a pronounced Google Evangelist in the Education space says, “Don’t ask a student what she wants to be when she grows up, ask her what problem she wants to solve…then give her the environment to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities she needs to solve that problem!”
Want to learn more about 21st century learning? Click here for a great article from TED Ed.