Preparation for college and career success requires much more than exposure to a robust curriculum at school. While a solid knowledge base in classic literature or advanced levels of math certainly won't hurt a young person on the precipice of adulthood, the voices of workforce leaders describe a skills gap of a different nature, a gap in soft skill competencies rather than content many parents tout as more important. Today's employers perceive a lack of soft skills among recent graduates. Soft skills, sometimes called key skills, core skills, key competencies, or employability skills, are those desirable qualities that apply across a variety of jobs and life situations--traits such as integrity, communication, courtesy, responsibility, professionalism, flexibility, and teamwork. Full article click here: Soft Skills: Preparing Kids for After School Life
Devang, Jayden, Aiden, Aghilan, and Maryam explain math in detail.
Elementary educators of older students sometimes struggle to get students to explain their mathematical thinking with evidence. It's hard to get kids in the habit of talking about how they are thinking about a problem when they've had many years of instruction that focused on getting the "right answer." That's why educators are now trying to get students in the habit of explaining their thinking at a younger age. Link: How Kids Benefit From Explaining Math
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