In teaching 21st-century skills, Tony Wagner, educator and innovator argues that capacity to innovate and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important for work, learning, and citizenship in today’s economy than academic knowledge. As outlined in his book “The Global Achievement Gap”, Wagner identifies seven core competencies that all learners require:
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Collaboration across networks and leading change by influence
- Agility and adaptability
- Initiative and entrepreneurship
- Effective oral and written communication
- Accessing and analysing information
- Curiosity and imagination
Our earlier posts have explored the key role that curiosity and critical thinking have in the learning process. As learners ourselves, we now question how to develop that essential skill Wagner describes as “collaboration across networks and leading by influence”?
Building capacity and leadership within teaching and learning is a fundamental goal of the Mathletics Lead Educator Program, building the platform where collaboration across class, school and community can thrive. What intrigues us is the potential for real change when the learners are themselves educators and leverage this capacity with clear vision, optimism and determination to lead change in their world. Grab the opportunity to be a leader in learning by joining us at Mathletics Certification .