The knowledge that teens need to thrive after high school doesn’t always have to be taught through traditional instruction. For example, 21st century skills are acquired through real-world experience. These skills, developed to help students succeed in work and life, are broken into three categories: learning and innovation; life and career; and information, media & technology. The learning and innovation category teaches students about the mental processes required to adapt to the modern work environment. Life and career focuses on personal, professional, and leadership qualities. And, information, media & technology hones in on digital comprehension and data literacy. When each of these skills are weaved into instruction, students are more engaged in the learning process and graduate prepared to succeed in today’s world.
For instance, through activities like virtual clubs and field trips, students strengthen their communication with their peers—developing creativity, collaboration, and leadership. School projects are also a method some teachers might use to encourage teamwork among students which helps them think critically and use innovation.