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SKILLS BASED LEARNING

Learn more about Skills Based Learning and its relationship to knowledge and curriculum. Download resources that can draw out specific learning skills from your pupils.
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KEY IDEAS ABOUT SKILLS BASED LEARNING

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KEY IDEAS ABOUT SKILLS BASED LEARNING An Article introducing Skills-Based Learning.

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Categories: Article, Skills-Based Learning, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: Learning Skills Thinking Skills Skills

What does a good education give you? A store of useful facts needed for navigating the world of work? A set of flexible skills to manage change in an uncertain future? Educationalists and politicians argue to and fro between knowledge and skills. Truth be told a good education gives you both: one (knowledge) giving the other (skills) contexts to develop.

Research from NTL indicates that learners remember more effectively when they can use skills to access, process and express their knowledge. Findings indicate that teaching and assessing someone else is deemed more effective than listening to a lecture (though of course we do need to get the knowledge in the first place before we can teach it to someone else). If this is true then it's a good rationale for skills based learning: teaching and assessing one another needs planning, group work, creativity, enquiry, evaluation and self-confidence. Listening to a lecture calls on only listening and maybe note-making.

Skills-based learning provides classroom environments where independence, thinking skills, collaboration and active learning are developed at the same time as knowledge is acquired.

There is a very small yet very significant change in mindset needed if you want to be a skills-based educator. Traditionally we teachers look at our knowledge curricula then choose activities we think will best pass on that knowledge, The activities happen to require certain skills.

To become skills-based we flip it. Our curricula describe a progression of skills and the knowledge we select, upon which we bring these skills to bear, is secondary. No longer do we think, "What activity shall I use to teach them about fractions". Instead we switch it to, "Would fractions be a good context for them to develop resilience and perseverance?"


Books Skills Based Training

Whatever the content of my training (creativity, boys' learning, G&T provision, leadership etc.) I design in opportunities for skills development including team work, independent enquiry, self-evaluation, problem solving, time management, effective communication and critical/creative thinking.

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Thinking Classroom featured Skills Based Learning Resources

Differentiation Wheel

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Differentiation Wheel A Thinking Skills Tool offering a simple way to create multiple subject-based tasks from which individual pupils can choose appropriate starting points.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Meta Cognition, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary, Skills-Based Learning

Tags: Differentiation Independent Learning
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Huff Thinking

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Huff Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool providing 6 realistic stages of learning. Helps pupils to assess their progress and to learn that feeling stuck, working hard and persevering are all valuable parts of the journey.

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Categories: Thinking Tool, Meta Cognition, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary, Skills-Based Learning

Tags: Hard Work Mindset Effort

4M Research Thinking

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4M Research Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool that sets out a flexible process for carrying out independent research tasks. Includes an example to get pupils started.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Enquiry Thinking, Skills-Based Learning, Geography, Science, Secondary, Tertiary

Tags: Research Independent Learning
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Talent for Learning

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Talent for Learning An Article describing a refreshingly new and inspiring definition of 'talent'. Includes 6 steps for developing a talent-based ethos in school.

Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
Michael Jordan

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
Albert Einstein

Talent: gift or hard graft? Talent: revealed, discovered, nurtured or earned? 
Talent management: a school’s fundamental purpose?


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Categories: Article, Gifted, Able & Talented, Multiple Intelligences, Skills-Based Learning, Any Subject, Educators

Tags: Gifted Able & Talented

PSHE Think Sheet - Stress

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PSHE Think Sheet - Stress A Think Sheet aimed at teachers thinking about stress and also for teaching it creatively to pupils.

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Categories: Think Sheet, Skills-Based Learning, PSHE, Educators

Tags: Stress Personal Development CPD

4 Community Building Games

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4 Community Building Games Easy-to-run Whole Class Games with the purpose of building learning relationships and an effective classroom ethos. 4 games with basic instructions.

Categories: Other Resources, Skills-Based Learning, PSHE, Junior, Secondary, Tertiary, Educators

Tags: Collaboration Community Games
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Tips for Independent Learning

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Tips for Independent Learning Teaching Tips for helping pupils to develop their independence through making choices. Helps students learn how to motivate themselves when time becomes unstructured. Activities include: One Island, Speed Choice and Free Time Audit.

Categories: Teaching Tips, Skills-Based Learning, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: Independent Learning Independent Thinking Decision Making
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All Skills-Based Resources
Books featured Skills Based Learning Books

Full On Learning: Involve Me & I’ll Understand
by Zoe Elder

Full On Learning: Involve Me & I’ll Understand <br>by Zoe Elder

A clear and graphically rich presentation of the key features needed for a future-facing education. Includes thoughts and activities around collaboration, emotional intelligence, digital learning, motivation, questioning and feedback.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Skills Based Learning, Curriculum

Tags: Quality Teaching Infographic Visual Thinking

Towards Successful Learning
by Di Pardoe

Towards Successful Learning <br>by Di Pardoe Underpinned by a growth mindset and an unshakable belief in the capacity of children to achieve, Di's book shows clearly what successful learning looks like.

Available from Amazon

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Categories: Suggested Books, Teaching & Learning, Skills Based Learning

Tags: Quality Teaching

Thinking Classroom featured Skills Based Learning Web Links

TED Talks on Learning

TED Talks on Learning A collection of TED Talks related to learning.

http://www.ted.com/index.php/themes/how_we_learn.html

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Categories: Websites, Learning Styles, Skills Based Learning

Tags: Thought Leader

Reconcilable Differences

Reconcilable Differences How standards-based teaching and differentiated learning can co-exist.

ASCD: Differentiation Article

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Categories: Websites, Skills Based Learning

Tags: CPD Standards