School. Students either love it or they hate it. Regardless of whether your student is slumping or skipping into school, there is no doubt that it’s teaching them. For 6 hours a day, 40 + weeks of the year, students can be found inside the classroom being educated and advancing on their learning journey. So, we all know school is an institution designed to educate and expand the developing minds of the upcoming generation, but what else can it do?
- Creativity – Whether it’s in the art studio or the science lab, school encourages students to embrace their creative instincts. Often by having free rein on decisions, such as what their art project will be or what science experiment they will conduct, students are practising the common way that many communicate their passions.
- Problem Solving – No doubt one of the biggest lessons each student can take away from their time at school is the ability to problem-solve. In real-life situations, problem-solving can take place on a day to day basis. Both having and practising the skills to problem solve is vital to tackle the issues faced in their workplace or at home.
- Critical thinking – How are our up and coming students going to change the world without critical thinking? Looking towards the future and behind at the past as a way of critical thinking is vital to both the world and any individual looking to make a mark in it.
- Leadership – Not everyone was born to wear a badge or stand in front of a crowd, but that doesn’t mean students won’t take away a sense of leadership when they graduate school. Merely taking point on a group assignment or having the initiative to organise are acts of responsibility. Students don’t need a badge to know they’re leaders or what leadership looks like.
- Communication – In an essay, a class discussion or an oral presentation, students must participate in some form of communication. Possessing the ability to concisely and strategically express the main points of an argument is something students can take into any future endeavour.
- Respect – Being in an environment with lots of students and staff can often test emotions. Yet, when being taught to listen to the teacher when they are speaking or not judging a student’s opinion, students themselves can recognise simple acts of respect. Faced with these signs each day, students then carry these acts into their outer lives at home, in the workplace or even in the local park with friends.