by Velvet Silva
As educators, we strive to give our pupils an environment where they feel confident and comfortable expressing themselves. We understand the importance of interpersonal skills, in and out of the classroom: In order to be successful, students must have good command of verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as the ability to analyze and problem-solve. These “soft skills” are easily transferable to the workplace or other systems.
Engaging in collaborative activities and completing group projects gives students an opportunity to improve those skills. A multidisciplinary thematic unit that is aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) allows students to improve and use transferable skills as they acquire knowledge. What a great way to make numerous academic content connections and strengthen “soft skills.” (Do your students struggle with these skills? Read about Executive Function and some classroom strategies.)
For example, consider a multidisciplinary unit about the environment in which students:
After some further inquiry and reflection, students are prepared for teamwork, which may look like this:
Of course, this is just me brainstorming ideas. I’m sure you have many of your own.
How awesome is it that when we provide rich, meaningful learning opportunities in a safe space, our students make connections and constructively converse about their ideas? They problem-solve and manage their time. They work together to accomplish a common objective. Each member is valued and is responsible for contributing to the group’s success. Completion of their final project and product demonstrates their ability to meet the CCRSAE and shows that they are capable of employing those valuable, transferable skills.
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