Skills – My Most Valuable Tips

Skills – My Most Valuable Tips

The Value of Teaching Life Skills in the Classroom Life skills are specific skills that students should be taught and learned on, for them to acquire and use in their life’s experiences so they can become productive constituents of their society, as well as successful. Life skills used to be taught in the home and church, but with more and more children being raised in dysfunctional families or disadvantaged families, schools are actively intervening to help in providing life skills to their students with the goal of assisting in the transition of students to adulthood. Specific life skills are interpersonal skills, that allow students to learn how to develop meaningful relationships, and reflective skills, that allow students to reflect on their actions and learn how to respond on each action taken, so they can be more responsible and be satisfied on their decisions to the kind of responses they have chosen. Values education training in schools incorporate a lot of life skills’ fundamentals and this can be initiated in the school’s environment, like personal accountability, routines, interaction, at recess time, respecting property. Training students how to complete learning tasks on time, submitting their assigned work, and following a calendar or classroom/subject goals is a process of teaching students personal accountability, which is an integral application of reflective and interpersonal skills. Classroom rules or routines are needed for students to learn obedience to rules and the value of submissiveness, which are applied in classroom situations, such as follow directions, raise your hands before speaking, remain on your work without wandering, work independently, and many more.
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By training students on proper interaction skills, such as listening to others in the classroom or in an assembly, knowing how to take turns, contributing and sharing, being courteous and respectful in the classroom, as well as in groups, they are, at the same time, inculcating already the higher levels of interpersonal and reflective skills.
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Even in recess time, life skills are applied, such as sharing equipment and sports items, understanding the importance of teamwork, avoiding arguments, accepting sports rules, and participating in extra-curricular activities responsibly. Life skills training continues even in teaching students how to care for the school and personal properties, such that teachers are forever imparting and reminding students on such matters as: tidying their classroom tables and chairs, returning materials to their proper storage, putting away coats, shoes, hats, etc to their appropriate places, and keeping all personal things organized and accessible. Life skills are meant for all students, but more so for the special needs children, those with learning disabilities, autistic tendencies, and developmental disorders, such that providing them this training to acquire life skills will help them learn how to cope in life.