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Comment on Giovanna Calabrese's post

This learning was sowessential for us as instructorts to help our students be successful with soft skills that are bound to appear in the work place. Adapting is very important as they will alway see change in both career and personal life. Also, problem solving is critical as they all will encounter some kind of problem that needs to be confronted and resolved. Additionally, although it will not be a perfect working envoronment, they must be motivated to stay the task. 

Implementing soft skills can be an overlooked skillset for most instructors caught up in their to-do list.

Tesching students to ask questions and think outside the box needs to be implemented in every course. Critical thinking cannot be learned only in one course.

Comment on Andrea Walraven's post: very well said. Common sense is one of the major qualities/soft skill required to get any job done appropriately.

Students should be able to able to conduct research on a computer, by locating and extracting information; be able to set up files and folders and present information in a logical, organized manner.

Writing skills should be taught if a student is a technical student.  Students must know how to learn, know how to research, be problem-solvers, know how to self-assess, and know one's weaknesses.

Nonverbal communication is so important.  Group work is also strongly encouraged so students will learn teamwork.

Many students are skeptical about writing because they don't understand what to write and may be scared of criticism from others.  Technical students sometimes don't feel writing is important, but it is.

Good critical thinking skills are important when students are attempting to solve problems.  Creativity can also be fostered by instructors.

Understanding others and having common sense are soft skills that make us better teachers. It is necessary to have soft skills in order to be successful instructor

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