Educators who are lifelong learners have a better chance of succeeding.
There are three qualities of lifelong learners.
1. Overcome Obstacles.
Mistakes and obstacles are treated as part of the learning process by those who have a lifelong learning perspective. They do not consider errors to be failures. Mistakes provide users with new information to help them solve an issue or overcome a hurdle. Educators have no idea what kinds of inquiries their pupils may pose. To adapt to changes and student activities, lifelong learners make learning a habit.
2. Improve Learning Outcomes through Innovating.
When educators collaborate and attend courses outside of professional development, they discover new ways to educate. Teachers who work together to come up with novel teaching concepts generate greater student outcomes than those who adopt outdated teaching methods.
3. Assume the role of a role model for students.
Educators who practice what they preach set an example for their pupils by participating in lifelong learning. As a result, their students are encouraged to become lifelong learners. Effective educators achieve this by sharing their own experiences with the learning process. A science teacher, for example, can discuss a science project or experiment that was completed outside of school. When working on a home improvement project, a math teacher might explain how measurements and calculations assure the project's success.
“Teaching is not a static profession. Educators need to constantly challenge themselves to read and try new methods.”
- Dr. Van Wig
LIFELONG LEARNING COMPETENCIES AT LET AND SCHOOLING GROUP
The European Commission has identified key competencies needed to promote employability, social inclusion, active citizenship, and self-realization among EU citizens. LET &Schooling Group intends to contribute to strengthening these competencies in its own areas of activity.
Strengthening key digital, multilingual, mathematical and scientific, competencies.
1. Digital competence involves the confident, critical and responsible use of, and engagement with, digital technologies for learning, at work, and for participation in society. It includes information and data literacy, communication and collaboration, media literacy, digital content creation (including programming), safety (including digital well-being and competencies related to cybersecurity), intellectual property-related questions, problem-solving and critical thinking.
2. Multilingual competence defines the ability to use different languages appropriately and effectively for communication. It broadly shares the main skill dimensions of literacy: it is based on the ability to understand, express, and interpret concepts, thoughts, feelings, facts, and opinions in both oral and written form (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in an appropriate range of societal and cultural contexts according to one’s wants or needs.
3. Mathematical competence and competence in science, technology, engineering
(A). Mathematical competence is the ability to develop and apply mathematical thinking and insight in order to solve a range of problems in everyday situations. Building on a sound mastery of numeracy, the emphasis is on process and activity, as well as knowledge. Mathematical competence involves, to different degrees, the ability and willingness to use mathematical modes of thought and presentation (formulas, models, constructs, graphs, charts).
(B). Competence in science refers to the ability and willingness to explain the natural world by making use of the body of knowledge and methodology employed, including observation and experimentation, in order to identify questions and to draw evidence-based conclusions
Strengthening key learning to learn, literacy, and cultural awareness and expression competencies.
4. Personal, social, and learning to learn competence Personal, social, and learning to learn competence is the ability to reflect upon oneself, effectively manage time and information, work with others in a constructive way, remain resilient, and manage one’s own learning and career. It includes the ability to cope with uncertainty and complexity, learn to learn, support one’s physical and emotional wellbeing, maintain physical and mental health, and be able to lead a health-conscious, future-oriented life, empathize and manage conflict in an inclusive and supportive context.
5. Literacy competence is the ability to identify, understand, express, create, and interpret concepts, feelings, facts and opinions in both oral and written forms, using visual, sound/audio, and digital materials across disciplines and contexts. It implies the ability to communicate and connect effectively with others, in an appropriate and creative way.
6. Cultural awareness and expression competence Competence in cultural awareness and expression involves having an understanding of and respect for how ideas and meaning are creatively expressed and communicated in different cultures and through a range of arts and other cultural forms. It involves being engaged in understanding, developing, and expressing one’s own ideas and sense of place or role in society in a variety of ways and contexts.
Strengthening key citizenship and entrepreneurship competencies.
7. Citizenship competence is the ability to act as responsible citizens and to fully participate in civic and social life, based on an understanding of social, economic, legal, and political concepts and structures, as well as global developments and sustainability.
8. Entrepreneurship competence refers to the capacity to act upon opportunities and ideas and to transform them into values for others. It is founded upon creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, taking initiative and perseverance, and the ability to work collaboratively in order to plan and manage projects that are of cultural, social or financial value.