3/4J take a look at the 5 skills you need to be a global citizen.
- Measure yourself – Are you a global citizen?
- Which skill do you need to work on?
- Based on our classroom, how would you describe our class globally
Being a creative thinker – the ability to ‘think outside the box’ is an important skill for students to have as we prepare them for a world that is in a constant state of change. Creative thinking is a skill that comes naturally to a lot of children and can help in the engagement of learning throughout life. This can be tied to meaningful tasks that challenge them in an imaginative way.
Being a problem solver – the ability to solve problems independently and with others is critical for the future where we will face many challenges that need out of the box thinking to solve. These complex problems that are currently unimaginable will be abundant and the more we develop children to find effect solutions to real-world problems (like stated in the IB curriculum) the more successful they will be.
Being able to collaborate – the ability to work with others and be sociable. Children are naturally curious and social through their use of social media and other instant networks. When schools do not provide opportunities for students to learn in this way through digital channels they become disengaged. Collaboration is an essential skill to help them learn and support their emotional well-being, especially in a time of constant change.
Being able to communicate effectively – the ability to communicate effectively means to communicate in the most appropriate way depending on the course of action required. Communication incorporates interactions that are both verbal and non-verbal, so it is essential for children to understand the diverse nature of this skill. Being fluent in communicating with technology is essential in the digital world we live, for both using digital media and interacting on a personal level.
Being ethical and empathetic – the ability to do the right thing, even when nobody is watching. The ability to be selfless, caring and helpful and respectful of others religions, cultures, races, and genders. This is one of the most critical skills that a 21st-century learner will need in my opinion as we move to a world that is safer, more harmonic and more respectful in every way. For children, this means to be able to be at 100% with everything they do both online and offline.