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Creating and Developing Skills-Based Curriculum

Skills are most valuable in getting people to work efficiently, rebuild, revamp economies, and save the planet. Advanced technology and personal competency skills help students contribute positively in any situation. A head full of facts and figures is of much lesser value. Knowing many “how to” skills and high-level competency in each are most important.

For skills-based curriculum, the paradigm must be changed. Old: Content, Process, Product New: Process, Content, Product

Overall Objectives
  • Empower - students take more control over their learning
  • Independent learners (choose to work alone or with others)
  • Self-directed learners (choose study areas, depth and breadth of learning)
  • Producers of new learning (instead of regurgitators of old)
4 Steps in Delivering a Skills-Based Curriculum (from “Accent on Educating the Highly Intelligent”)
  • Establish theme(s) for each of the grades e.g. Learning About Myself, Conflict in the World
  • Choose and research skills to understand them e.g. analyzing – relationships, patterns (skills from “Accent on Essential Life Skills”)
  • Create lessons to teach the concepts of each of the skills
  • Provide opportunities for students to practice and apply the skills. My Independent Study template will be useful as the main guide.

VERY IMPORTANT! Keep learning REAL, personally meaningful, valuable – wealth, prestige. These are most important to nurture motivation, tenacity, and passion.

Main Areas for Skills-Based Curriculum Development are:

  • Creativity Skills.
    How to: enhance visualizing, stretch imagination, force new associations
  • Communication Skills.
    How to: speak/present professionally, write effectively, read/use body language.
  • Higher-Level Thinking Skills.
    How to: analyze, problem-solve, think logically, use inductive/ deductive thinking
  • Self-Awareness Skills.
    How to: increase levels of perception, de-stress, keep up the spirit despite disappointments
  • Leadership Skills.
    How to: be a leader, motivate teams, achieve win-win outcomes, get people to do what you want
  • Researching.
    How to: support statements, find answers to questions, expand learning re expertise or interest, determine truth
  • Spirituality.
    How to: develop inner calmness, create a positive world view, nurture positive: values, principles, ethics, morality
  • Innovation Skills.
    How to: motivate people to invent new products/services, create/nurture a breeding ground for innovation

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