In the year 2030 our 5 year olds will finish high school. It is expected that job opportunities, vocational pathways and tertiary courses will be vastly different to what is available today. We can expect many of our children to have multiple jobs rather than one career across their working life and so, it has become increasingly important to prepare our children for the fast-paced, ever-changing world they will live in.
In education, there has been much talk of preparing our students for the 21st Century by incorporating future-focused skills. We are now eighteen years on from the turn of the millenium; evidence of changes societies is evident in NZ and across the globe. As parents and educators we need to equip our children with the skills and capabilities they will need in navigate the future. In addition to academic capabilities, our students will need the ability to manage themselves, the resilience and adaptability to navigate change, and face-to-face and online communication and collaboration skills.
At RidgeView, we are becoming increasingly focused on providing our students with experiences that encourage curiosity, collaboration and authentic problem-solving. This approach is underpinned by providing students with the power to act - to be agentic. Teachers remain the professionals in the learning partnership, but this modern approach means they guide learning rather than the topdown 'doing to' style of the 20th century.