See, Think, Feel

According to my professors, the workplace is changing. Employers no longer need a zombie to push buttons on a machine or a mummy to mumble answers on a phone. They need innovators, problem solvers, and collaborators. The I see, I think, I feel strategy is a way to teach students to analyze their problems and look for solutions. In college we take course designed for us to understand an adolescents thoughts. We learn that ages 10-14 are a time where they can possibly become self-aware. This is a chance for them to think about others and decipher why they are having problems. This is a chance to help them develop that self-awareness. As a teacher, we are also teaching our student’s life skills. If my student’s can solve an issue in our classroom, then we are opening the door for them to be able to relate to others, have empathy/ sympathy, have respect for others time and efforts, and have a sense of teamwork. Yes, the individual needs to how to succeed, but  in a work environment if one fails, the group can fail. When students become adults, when they become members of society, we want them to be able to face problems head on; in the real world, there will not be a teacher to facilitate. I see a lot of potential of this activity in a classroom; I think that students, especially high schoolers, should take advantage of this tool and look at their classmates as teammates, not rivals; and I feel that if people could learn to communicate better with people, the world could be a better place.

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