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Soft skills ?!!


Soft skills ?!!
Hi everybody :)
Iīd like to teach my middle school students something about soft skills ... where and how can I start?
Please, help me if you can...thanks in advance.

5 Jan 2009      

United States


What are soft skills?

best wishes

5 Jan 2009     


Hi libertybelle
First thanks for your interest.
Soft skills are a set of skills that influence how we interact with each other. It includes such abilities as effective communication, creativity, analytical thinking, diplomacy, flexibility, change-readiness, and problem solving, leadership, team building, and listening skills. ...
Here are the top 60 soft skills :
1. Math.
2. Safety.
3. Courtesy.
4. Honesty.
5. Grammar.
6. Reliability.
7. Flexibility.
8. Team skills.
9. Eye contact.
10. Cooperation.
11. Adaptability.
12. Follow rules.
13. Self-directed.
14 Good attitude.
15. Writing skills.
16. Driverīs license.
17. Dependability.
18. Advanced math.
19. Self-supervising.
20. Good references.
21. Being drug free. 
22. Good attendance.
23. Personal energy.
24. Work experience.
25. Ability to measure.
26. Personal integrity.
27. Good work history.
28. Positive work ethic.
29. Interpersonal skills.
30. Motivational skills.
31. Valuing education. 
32. Personal chemistry.
33. Willingness to learn.
34. Common sense. 
35. Critical thinking skills.
36. Knowledge of fractions.
37. Reporting to work on time.
38. Use of rulers and calculators.
39. Good personal appearance.
40. Wanting to do a good job.
41. Basic spelling and grammar.
42. Reading and comprehension.
43. Ability to follow regulations.
44. Willingness to be accountable.
45. Ability to fill out a job application.
46. Ability to make production quotas.
47. Basic manufacturing skills training.
48. Awareness of how business works.
49. Staying on the job until it is finished.
50. Ability to read and follow instructions.
51. Willingness to work second and third shifts.
52. Caring about seeing the company succeed.
53. Understanding what the world is all about.
54. Ability to listen and document what you have heard.
55. Commitment to continued training and learning.
56. Willingness to take instruction and responsibility.
57. Ability to relate to coworkers in a close environment.
58. Not expecting to become a supervisor in the first six months.
59. Willingness to be a good worker and go beyond the traditional eight-hour day.
60. Communication skills with public, fellow employees, supervisors, and customers.


5 Jan 2009     

alien boy


Iīd start with a general definition of soft skills.

With the list youīve given can you see any general categories? For example I see a few general categories already:

logic ability

Then maybe do a īmind mapī of the different characteristics you come up with. Get the students to make the suggestions. maybe divide your class into groups, get each group to focus on one aspect of soft skills & then bring the group together to create a giant mind map...

Thatīs how Iīd start, anyway - get the studentīs engaged as quickly as possible.

How many classes do you need to teach on the subject matter?

Good luck,

5 Jan 2009     


Hi alien boy
Thank you so much for your reply.... it is really a nice idea ..
In fact I need about from 15 to 20 classes about the topic.
I think it would be better if I can give them some Powerpoint presentaion on each aspect.. but where can I get info or materials??
thanks again .. I ppreciate your help.

5 Jan 2009