28 Skills of a Really Ready Student Infographic
College and career readiness has become a primary component of the national education agenda. Across the country, schools and districts define their success, in part, by equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in higher education, on the job and in life. But what does a college and career ready student look like? It’s often what you can’t immediately see that shows a student is prepared for future learning and ready to meet 21st century workforce demands. Here are 28 skills that define who a really ready student is.
1. Critical Thinking
Able to apply tools and techniques gleaned from core subjects to formulate and solve novel and complex problems.
Clearly organize their data, findings, and thoughts in both written and oral communication.
3. Growth Mindset
Believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.
Monitor and direct their own learning, and able to take on projects and tasks independently
5. Social & Emotional Skills
Understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others.
Ability to recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior.
7. Relationship Skills
Ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
8. Responsible Decision-Making
Ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions.
9. Social-Awareness & Perspective-Taking
Ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others.
Ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations.
Effectively solve problems by utilizing and applying appropriate strategies and skills.
Reflect on their work and seek feedback and constructive critique to improve
13. Flexible & Adaptable
Comfortable with ambiguity and know how to adjust and manage change.
14. Active Learner
Active participants in their own learning and are constantly trying to explore, apply, practice, and confirm their understanding(s).
Can navigate and flow between dierent learning environments with ease.
Seeks ideas and help from others, constantly looks to grow their networks, and always wants to find new opportunities and ways to connect with people.
17. Project & Task Management
Able to plan, organize, and manage their own time and projects in order to accomplish academic and personal tasks and goals.
18. Articulate Strengths & Areas of Need
Can identify personal and academic strengths, as well as areas to work on and improve.
19. Life Management
Able to take care of personal wellness and emotional health while while continuing to pursue academic goals.
20. Curious & Inquisitive
Asks questions about, investigates, and frequently explores new topics of interest.
21. Digital Citizens
An active and responsible contributor and user of technology, including social media and the Internet at large.
22. Innovative & Entrepreneurial
Driven by curiosity, new ideas, and a desire to make a lasting impact and sustainable dierence in the way people think, act, or behave.
23. Passionate & Positive
Finds joy in life and discovers personal interests and passions.
24. Embrace Failure
Realizes that failure is a part of the learning process and find ways to learn from the experience.
25. Analytical & Evaluative
Ability to weigh options and information to make connections, infer meaning, and determine the credibility or validity of a source.
26. Grit & Perseverance
Stays the course toward goals, despite the obstacles or adversity they may encounter.
27. Logic & Reasoning
Uses a rational, systematic series of steps based on information and experiences to determine a solution or conclusion.
28. Cross-Cultural Communication
Appreciation of and ability to learn from and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
For more information, visit the Really Ready Students page.
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