Computer literacy is crucial to function in most any workplace in this modern age.
Learning is a lifelong process that will teach students productive skills.
Skills such as teamwork, public speaking, and group interaction are crucial in the workforce, and are skills that students can learn at a young age.
My husband always complains that many of his coworkers (in the IT field) have a hard time writing and communicating through writing. This makes it difficult for the team to understand their points and for the projects to continue and thrive. Writing is an important aspect of all areas of the workforce.
It is important for students to learn the soft skills and individual management so that they can support themselves in the workplace.
Learning preferences are important for the instructor to realize and it helps to have different types of assessments to play on students'preferred way of learning. Learning challenges need support and accommodations, and instructors must respond to those on an individual level.
Having access to "mother tongue" and student's original language will always enhance student's additional language learning.
Oftentimes in my teaching career, I have taught in another country to students of a completely different culture. Learning how they think, live, believe, and learn things is crucial, and should be used even when teaching in my own home country.
Always keep in mind the individual student and their experiences when planning lessons for the whole group, and strive to be as inclusive as possible.
I haven't worked with students with disabilities in a few years, and I am pleasantly surprised at the number of apps that can support and enhance accommodations. It's amazing what some of them can do!
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