Tips for Growing Your Soft Skills

Looking to take some time to focus on you this summer? Consider growing your personal and professional self by building in-demand soft skills. To help you get started, Atomic Learning has gathered together valuable resources and insights to help you hone your skills.

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Listening Effectively

 

Many people hear without actually listening. Learn the difference and how to become a more effective communicator—a critical skill in (and out of) class.

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Setting Goals

 

Don't just make a wish for something good, make it happen with SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

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Adapting to Change

 

Love it or hate it, change happens. Resisting change is both natural and common, yet is often painful. Learning how to successfully adapt can make a huge difference.

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Can't wait to learn more? You can explore additional topics focused on build career and soft skills, as well as college- and career-readiness and a variety of other critical topics at http://www.AtomicLearning.com/k12/professional-dev today!

4 Soft Skills Every Student Needs Before College

While many occupations have specialized skillsets, there are underlying, often career-agnostic skills that individuals need to utilize on a daily basis. These skills, commonly referred to as career or soft skills, are a hot topic not only for many schools, districts, colleges, and universities, but also among companies seeking qualified job applicants.

A multitude of studies, surveys, education-related articles have published various takes on the importance of soft skills, yet often overlook what can be done to build these skills. In this post, we’ll examine four of the most discussed skills—and provide some of our own ideas and resources focused on building each individual skill.

  1. Collaboration
    One of the most sought-after soft skills is collaboration. It only makes sense, since so many professionals today work together on functional teams to achieve a common goal. As anyone who’s worked on a group project knows, collaboration is closely tied to other skills and behaviors, such as communicating, offering and accepting criticism, delegation, and a host of others.

    Students participating in extracurricular activities, such as a sports team or club, are already working on these skills.  Teachers can also support students’ skill building in the classroom with group projects. Outside of school-related activities, students can practice collaboration through volunteer opportunities or after-school employment. (If it seems like a lot to balance, be sure to check out skill number four: Time Management.)

    Looking for a place to start?
    Here are just a few Atomic Learning courses around this topic:
    Integrating the 4 C’s in Your Classroom

    Strategies for Working with a
    Group
    Evernote in Instruction
     

Preparing Students for College

To help schools prepare students for college, Atomic Learning subscribers now have access to College Success courses that address the skills needed for a successful college experience.

Learning topics include:

Are you ensuring students are college- and career-ready?

There's been an increasing emphasis on college- and career-readiness for students, as well as a need for an enhanced skillset for teachers and staff. Providing access to Atomic Learning's career and soft skills training can help build sought-after skills for students, teachers, and staff--even parents!

In an effort to improve service, one partner district’s IT team completed an online course on customer service, sharing: “The information and techniques presented were very helpful and proved that nobody is more deserving of over-the-top service than the teachers and employees of our district.”

With resources like the following, you, too, can better prepare learners:
Communication training
• Personal development resources
• Tools on preparing for college

What are your school’s training and learning goals? We’re here to help!

We value our customers and appreciate the knowledge they provide and feedback they share, so we decided to ask for their stories to share in our blog series "Voice of the Educator."

 

Listen in as Everett School District in Everett, Washington shares how Atomic Learning’s dedicated service team and training resources help to support their district goals. Learn more about Atomic Learning’s implementation and support services.

Managing Your Time During Summer Break #ALsummersession

As the expression goes, “time flies when you’re having fun”—and if summer is one thing, it’s fun!

Make sure you don’t miss out on all that this summer has to offer by logging in using your school's method of access and checking out the links below.

Effective Decision Making Training
Have a lot to do, but not much summer left to do it all? Weigh your options and prioritize appropriately with this online resource. And, if you're still undecided about what you can and can't fit in, there's even a video on "Perils of Indecision"...cue dramatic music!
Learn about Effective Decision Making!

Time Management Training
Summer is flying by. Don't waste the precious time you have left! In this online training, you'll learn how to take control of your life in practical and realistic ways that you can implement right away—including insights on how to combat procrastination!
Learn about Time Management!

Effective Meetings Training (Yes! Meetings!)
We know what you're thinking...Effective Meetings!? It's still Summer! However, the skills that are needed to conduct effective, efficient meetings also apply to life outside of a conference room. Check out this online resource for insights on getting things done!
Learn about Time Management!

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This article is a part of an Atomic Learning special blog series dedicated to keeping the learning going all summer long by helping you learn something new with quick personal development tips!

Top 5 Courses for High School Seniors

College- and career-readiness is tossed around a lot in the education industry. Beyond imparting students with the knowledge they need to graduate, there are a couple things that can help smooth their way. We’ve compiled a short list of topics that are sure to help students be prepared for whatever comes their way. 
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Top 5 Training Topics You Didn't Expect from Atomic Learning

While Atomic Learning has hundreds of courses focused on using and applying technology, we also have training available for building in-demand soft skills, current ed tech trends, and much more. Here are a few topics you likely didn’t know about:
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5 Tools for Your Classroom

Looking to learn something new? Been meaning to look into that great new tech tool you heard about? Atomic Learning's online library has training on over 250 applications—plus soft skills, methodologies, and much more! Here's just a few of the most recent training topics that might spark your interest—and give you some ideas for your classroom!

Creating Digital Portfolios
Gone are the days of 4-inch think paper portfolios! Learn how to collect your digital samples and organize them into a digital portfolio that will wow potential employers in this online course.

Kahoot!
In this course, you'll learn about Kahoot! A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics. Created by teachers, students, business-people and social users, they are asked in real-time, to an unlimited number of “players”, creating a social, fun and game-like learning environment.

Coding in the Classroom
In this online training course, you will learn how to introduce coding concepts in your classroom and some of the tools that will help you do this efficiently and effectively. Each component of code will be broken down and then shown how to utilize in the Literacy and/or STEAM curriculum.

Training that demonstrates how technology can be used to foster Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity. This series includes several tool-specific examples for each of the 4C's.
Mystery Skype® is an educational game, invented by teachers, 
played by two classrooms on Skype®. The goal of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions.

To see more new training, visit the Recent Releases tab, and check back often! Don’t  have access to Atomic Learning? You can request more information about how to access these training courses, projects, and more.

Learning and Growing - Guest Blog Post

Guest blog post by Shari Fruechte, CAP-OM, Executive Assistant for Atomic Learning.

Learning, growing, and trying new things energizes me. Don’t get me wrong, just like most people after I commit to something new, I usually get a wave of “Oh no, what did I just get myself into?” However,  I’ve learned that message is also a good indicator that whatever I am about to undertake is a growth opportunity.

Communication Tune-Up Training

Earlier in the week, Atomic Leaning's own Kara Gann shared her thoughts on organizing your inbox in the post Does Your Email Overwhelm You? Since it was so popular with our readers, we decided to share one of the most popular courses from our Career Skills training collection—Communication Tune Up—to build on Gann's topic and help you take your communication skills to the next level.

Join communications expert Brian Shapiro and special guest Bobbi Block in this online course as they discuss the important topics such as emotional context, language, empathy, electronic communication, perception, and intercultural communication.

Ready to get started? Simply click the video below to view the training introduction.

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