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Thursday, June 2 • 11:40am - 12:30pm
Stop Calling Them Soft Skills

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A nationwide survey showed that the top reason people are fired from their jobs is that they lack soft skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, adaptability, and confidence. People lack these skills not because they are incapable of learning them, but because they never had a reason to. So much of the education system is focused on technical knowledge and "hard skills," and very little on these essential skills. Essentially, there was not enough purpose to do the hard work of developing soft skills. 
Trevor talks about how teachers can design learning experiences that require their students to develop essential skills. While still learning 'hard skills’ and academic content, students can do purposeful work that makes them better communicators, collaborators, problem solvers, and citizens. 

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Trevor Muir

Teacher, Author, and Speaker
Trevor is a teacher, author, and international speaker. He is the author of the books The Epic Classroom and The Collaborative Classroom. Trevor is a professor at Grand Valley State University, a former faculty member for the Buck Institute for Education, and is one of the Andrew... Read More →


Thursday June 2, 2022 11:40am - 12:30pm EDT
NT 106