What Will Students Need for the Future?

As educators, it is important for us to look beyond today to determine the skills our students will need 10 years from now–for a job that may not even exist today.  This is quite challenging!  Research does tell us that there are some areas on which we should focus:

1.  Creativity and Innovation:  This means students are creating new and worthwhile ideas, elaborating/refining/evaluating ideas to improve upon them, exploring diverse perspectives, and embracing failure as an opportunity to learn and create a better outcome (click here to learn more!)

2.  Critical Thinking and Problem Solving:  This means students are using a variety of reasoning techniques, evaluating simple and complex systems, analyzing evidence, drawing conclusions, solving problems (in both predictable and innovative ways), and finding better solutions to problems (click here to learn more!)

3.  Communication and Collaboration:  This means students are able to articulate ideas orally and in writing, listen, decipher the best method to deliver a message, work with others well, be flexible, be willing to compromise to achieve a goal, and be responsible (click here to learn more!)

These 21st Century Learning Skills are just the base knowledge and skills our students need to have in order to succeed beyond our walls.  There are also other skills that will be necessary on the job, often referred to as “soft skills”.  Employers are stressing that they need a workforce that will show up to work on time every day they are scheduled and that can communicate, have a positive attitude, work as a team, network, problem solve and be professional.  (click here to learn more!)

Along with the content standards that need to be covered, these skills are essential for student success. The question then becomes–how do we deliver those skills?  Stay tuned for next week’s update!

PTSC Standouts:

I’m excited to celebrate with Boone Grove High School tomorrow morning as they honor students who are receiving academic honors. The breakfast will recognize and congratulate students who have maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher at the end of their 3rd, 5th and 7th semesters.

Important Dates:

  • March 3-21, 2014:  ISTEP+ Applied Skills Testing Window Grades 3-8
  • March 17-21, 2014:  IREAD-3 Assessment Grade 3
  • March 19, 2014:  BGHS and BGMS Online Day
  • April 1, 2014:  Come support the BGHS Girls Tennis Team at Panera Bread from 4-8 pm.  Bring in the flyer below (paper or show on your smart phone) and the team will get a portion of their receipt; the more receipts the higher the percentage.  The team is working hard to earn enough money to buy a set of tennis uniforms for BGHS.  Come out and support our Tennis Team!

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  • April 15, 2014:  American Teens in Crisis Conference (www.pathblazer.org/ATIC2014)
  • April 21, 2014:  Regular day of school–snow day make up day for January 8, 2014
  • April 21-June 4, 2014:  ECA Algebra 1, English 10, and Biology 1 Testing Window
  • April 28-May 13, 2014:  ISTEP+ Multiple Choice Online Testing Window Grades 3-8 (extended window)
  • May 5-23, 2014:  CoreLink Online Assessment Grades 3-8 (extended window)
  • May 23, 2014:  BGHS and BGMS Band Concert at 7 pm at BGHS.  Come out and enjoy the last band concert of the year!
  • June 2, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 27, 2014
  • June 3, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on January 28, 2014
  • June 4, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on February 5, 2014
  • June 5, 2014:  Regular day of school–to make up for our snow day on March 12, 2014
  • June 8, 2014:  BGHS Graduation

Things to Know:

  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start.  If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • Now hiring substitute teachers!  Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs.  If you are interested, please apply online.
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