Assign to Adapt

It can be argued that technology has made our lives easier in myriad ways. Communication is becoming almost effortless, classrooms are evolving to include virtual learning landscapes, and accessibility to new and exciting research has greatly expanded in our globally-connected world. But keeping up with the fast pace of innovation can be pretty overwhelming not only for educators, but for our TXGU'ers, as well. And since we can all probably agree that being able to adapt is one of the most important life skills anyone can possess, it's crucial that we help teach our students to thrive in a climate of constant evolution—but how?

Through implementation and instruction of critical thinking skills in the classroom, students are able to be flexible and more compassionate in real-life scenarios outside of high school. Things like providing constructive and actionable feedback, incorporating project-based learning, and encouraging respectful disagreement are all ways educators can encourage an environment of adaptability and growth. Although this may seem like a lofty task, when educators are able to give students the tools they need to think productively, it can help them keep up with—and overcome—challenges and struggles so often associated with change. And with the world showing no sign of slowing down, who wouldn't want that for their TXGU'ers?