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Skills and Mindsets by Mind Map: Skills and Mindsets
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Skills and Mindsets

Learning & Innovation


Wondering how things work and why things happen

Wondering how things work and why things happen

Admiring the beautiful and profound (aesthetics)

Observing and appreciating details in the world around you

Love of Learning

Developing your passions

Pursuing your interests

Enjoy learning about topics that fascinate you

Creativity and Innovation

Use different ways to come up with ideas (brainstorming, visualizing, discussing, thinking, observing, etc.)

Use the creative process to generate, develop, and refine ideas and solutions to problems

Demonstrating inventiveness to create original and worthwhile ideas

Be open to new perspectives, ideas, and methods

Problem Finding

Creative ability to define, identify, or develop a problem

Considering multiple viewpoints and ideas

Understanding concepts and models well enough to build on previous knowledge

Defining purposes, identifying areas of interest, crafting a relevant and interesting question worth investigating

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Identifying key ideas, what a solution might look like, and creating a plan to investigate the problem

Solving different kinds of problems in familiar and completely new ways

Analyzing evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs

Making connections between different subjects and topics

Communication and Collaboration

Sharing thoughts and ideas using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication

Using multiple media, techniques, and technologies to engage your audience

Understanding your audience and the purpose of your presentation

Listening effectively and respond appropriately

Working productively and respectfully with a variety of people

Making compromises and put group goals first

Life & Career

Flexibility and Adaptability

Adapting to different roles, responsibilities, schedules, and situations

Changing strategies and plans as an investigation changes

Remain positive and productive in a changing situation

Social and Cross Cultural

Empathize with people from different backgrounds

Be open to new ideas and respectful cultural differences

Productivity and Accountability

Setting goals and making a plan of what and when things need to be completed

Identifying the current most important task

Using time wisely and working hard at the current task

Leadership and Responsibility

Lead by example

Inspire others to reach their best

Encourage and praise group members

Provide ideas and feedback


Reflecting and learning lessons from experiences, processes, and assignments

Identifying successes and failures

Using your reflections to guide current and future investigations

Think for Oneself

Being an individual and making up your own mind

Developing your own opinion on issues

Not following group actions or decisions you don’t agree with

Standing up for yourself

Consider Consequences

Thinking about how your actions affect yourself, others, your community, and the world.

Realizing that you have power in your words and actions

Contributing to Society

Giving your time and skills to help others

Empathetic and compassionate


Knowing right from wrong

Being able to analyze ethical considerations and come to informed beliefs and decisions

Information, Media, & Technology

Digital Citizenry

Presenting yourself well online

Connecting appropriately with people online

Using social media safely to connect and learn

Pursuing Knowledge

Finding information

Judging the quality of what you find

Saving and organizing resources and information

Sharing and Presenting Ideas and Information

Sharing information with the appropriate people, groups, and networks

Storing pictures and videos

Citing information, creative commons

Identifying audiences and presentation purpose

Selecting the best media or technology to reach your presentation goal

Based on the Framework for 21st Century Learning from

Interdisciplinary Themes

Global Awareness

Understanding other nations and cultures

Working with individuals from different cultures


Being aware of consumerism

Understanding economies

Using entrepreneurial skills


Participating in a democracy

Understanding how government works

Identifying and understanding the impacts of governmental decisions


Living a physically and mentally healthy lifestyle

Using information to make health related decisions

Understanding global health issues


Being aware of society’s impact on the natural world

Investigating and analyzing environmental issues

Taking individual and collective action towards addressing environmental challenges

These skills and mindsets will be used as labels in your reflective blog posts.

Are you ready to thrive as you create your future and find your place in the world?

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