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Can You Teach Good Writing? We Ask One of the Greats

Ed Surge – Jeffrey R. Young

“John McPhee, a master of telling nonfiction stories, became a teacher by accident 43 years ago when Princeton University needed a last-minute replacement. He has steered the course ever since, each spring when he takes breaks from writing books or pieces for The New Yorker, and it has become legendary in journalism circles.” (more)

K–12 Schools Should Teach Soft Skills to Prepare Students for the Future Workforce

Ed Tech Magazine – Joe McAllister

“While digital tools are woven into educational pedagogy nationwide, another component of learning may help educators give students advantages in a world not yet known to them. A 2017 Report by Dell Technologies estimates that 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 — fewer than 12 years from now — haven’t been invented yet.” (more)

3 ways to better assess soft skills

E-School News – Laura Ascione

“Eighty-three percent of teachers, 82 percent of parents, 82 percent of superintendents, and 83 percent of principals say it is equally important to assess both academic skills and nonacademic skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, and creativity, according to a new report commissioned by NWEA and conducted by Gallup.” (more)

Boosting Resilience Through Creativity

Edutopia – Elena Aguilar

“Many educators are concerned with managing stress and preventing burnout, well aware as we are of the demands of the profession and the high rate of turnover in schools. We know we need to sleep, eat well, exercise, and maybe meditate, and those habits are certainly useful in cultivating resilience, which is the ability to tackle adversity and emerge stronger than before. ” (more)

How To Raise ‘Creative, Curious, Healthier’ Kids, According To The AAP

The Huffington Post – Taylor Pittman

“The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that doctors write a prescription for kids that’s a bit out of the ordinary. In a new clinical report, the AAP stresses the importance of a “prescription for play.” The report, which is an update to one from 2007, explains the many benefits play can have in a child’s life, including its role in promoting “social-emotional, cognitive, language and self-regulation skills” as well as its ability to help manage stress and create nurturing relationships between children and caretakers.” (more)

What are 21st Century Skills?

Education World – Jim Paterson

“Educators are increasingly being asked to provide students with what are often called “21st century skills” – and it’s difficult to argue with the premise behind that initiative. Who wouldn’t want our students to have such abilities – critical thinking, collaboration, communications, and especially, problem solving skills. But experts are saying there are three fundamental problems for educators hoping to pass along these skills, even as research increasingly shows they help us learn in deeper ways as students – and to go on to be more successful and happy later in life.” (more)