Skills and Attributes of Today’s Learner – Our Own Self Assessment

  Our work as Adult Literacy practitioners allows us to work alongside our learners to help them bring transformation into their own lives, their family life or the wider community. While our focus is on literacy skills development we do so much more than this and our work is across many different areas. Recently I came across an Educator’s Self Assessment Tool by Jackie Gernstein. There are 30 questions across 12 areas that I found to be a very interesting self-assessment. Her theory is that today’s learner needs a variety of skills across many different areas to be able to adapt, function, live and flourish in today’s world. All of us need effective oral and written communication.  This is the core of our work, it takes time, expertise and creativity to be done well.  On a daily basis all of us collaborate across networks whether with colleagues or family. This is true as much for our learners as it is for us and to be able to enhance learning this skill is required. We all need to be agile and adaptable to change so the skills we learn must be transferable to situations outside of the classroom. Resilience at times of change and at times of difficulty is an important skill and ‘grit’ is an important quality for any work or activity.  We all see this with our learners how...

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