The ability to read, write, speak, listen, view, investigate, collaborate, and communicate are essential given the 21st century contexts with which our all engaging.

We all need to read complex, multi-genre, multi-modal texts and we require practice in developing skills to access, interpret and construct our own understandings. We ignore the diverse range of stimuli available at our peril, not least because we will lose the engagement of our young people and miss out on a vast array of stimulating, enticing and educative experiences.

Essential skills are:

  • Listening – fundamental for the collaboration and connecting that allows us to develop as learners.
  • Questioning – there is no good search, without a good question. Our questions allow us to make meaning, discern what is important and what is not, to analyse, validate, and seek out what is most critical.
  • Self Efficacy – the feeling of self worth and competence that intrinsically motivates us, the belief in one’s own ability to perform a task.
  • Adaptability – to succeed one must be adaptable. The acknowledgement that the need for adaptability is constant enables us to change where necessary, to manage that change, and handle the ambiguity that comes along with not knowing the future. Being adaptable helps you be resilient and maintains effectiveness in a changing environment.
  • Connecting – in this complex world, engagement is enhanced with connection. Our brain needs connection to make sense of learning. Finding, connecting, and collaborating with others is vital to all our futures.