Life Skills

Education news, analysis, and opinion about non-cognitive skills and soft skills
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Early Childhood The State of Teaching Young Kids Are Struggling With Skills Like Listening, Sharing, and Using Scissors
Teachers say basic skills and tasks are more challenging for young students now than they were five years ago.
Madeline Will, June 3, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion Farewell: Ask a Psychologist Says Goodbye
Angela Duckworth announces the sunsetting of the Character Lab and the Education Week Opinion blog.
Angela Duckworth, April 17, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion Tests Often Stress Students. These Tips Can Calm Their Nerves
It's normal for students to feel anxious about tests and presentations. Here's what the research says can help them.
Michael Norton, April 10, 2024
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Student Well-Being Can SEL Help Students Curb Their Own Cellphone Use?
Experts say that a combination of SEL skills and better school policies would help curb student cellphone use.
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Student Well-Being Opinion 4 Steps Students Can Take to Help Make Tough Decisions
When students feel stuck, they can harness the power of the nonconscious mind to help them move forward.
Kennon Sheldon, March 27, 2024
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Student Well-Being How Teaching Kids 'Digital Agency' Can Make Social Media a Positive Place for Them
Digital agency includes a set of skills educators can teach to help students avoid social media "thinking traps."
Arianna Prothero, March 22, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion Nobody Wants to Look Stupid: Resources for Teaching About Executive Functions
Executive functioning is a learned skill, explains an educational therapist. Here’s how to teach it to your students—and yourself.
Lexi Peterson, March 1, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion An Easy Way to Help Students Develop Better Judgment
To help students think critically, ask them these three questions.
Carey Morewedge, January 24, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion Students Like Easy Work. Here's How to Break That
Don’t assume students avoid effort because they’re lazy. They may be confusing effort with failure to make progress.
Angela Duckworth, January 17, 2024
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Curriculum A Few Years Ago, 8 States Required Personal Finance Education. Now It's Up to Half
Advocates say the pandemic has accelerated the push to require high schoolers to take a financial literacy course.
Elizabeth Heubeck, January 11, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion Emotional Intelligence and AI Together Can Help Lessen the Student Mental Health Crisis
Six out of 10 adolescents feel lonely and isolated. Here's how one large district is trying to combat the issue.
Michael Fullan & Michael Matsuda, January 4, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion 3 Questions to Uncover Students' Hidden Potential
Students often struggle to distinguish between what they should do and what they want to do. Here’s how to help them.
Scott Barry Kaufman, January 3, 2024
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College & Workforce Readiness Gen Z Lacks Job-Readiness Skills, Survey Shows
Prospective employers say Gen Z'ers aren't job ready. Here's what's behind it, and how to adapt.
Elizabeth Heubeck, December 20, 2023
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Student Well-Being Opinion Students Are Stressed Out. Here’s How to Help Them
Students might think that doing less is the solution to stress. But this activity could be more useful.
Angela Duckworth, December 13, 2023
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