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FutureFit Skill Domains

FutureFit consists of 9 skill domains that are easy to understand, easy to teach, and easy to integrate into existing curriculum. Below, you'll find a description of all 9 domains and detail on the individual skills and abilities covered in each.
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TV Reflect Icon Reflect

Learning goal: Self-awareness

Help students develop the capacity to be reflective, thoughtful, mindful, and self-directed using the FutureFit resources collected under the “Reflect” domain. Skills highlighted in this domain include good judgment, a positive attitude, the ability to self-regulate emotions, and the ability to take ownership of the individual and group learning process.

At the practical level, Reflect focuses on skills and abilities that blend well with both core academic concepts and broader social-emotional learning goals articulated by standards organizations, states, and researchers. We’ve meshed the best, most relevant concepts and approaches into an accessible list of skills that’s easy to understand and articulate to students, including:

Reflect - Learning Goal: Self-Awareness
 
  • Self-regulation: The ability to understand, manage, and display emotions in a manner that is socially acceptable and sufficiently flexible
  • Mindfulness: The ability to focus on the task or object at hand in the present moment; awareness of the importance of the present
  • Self-directed learning: The ability to metacognitively transform mental abilities and acuity into academic skills
  • Positive attitude: The ability to maintain and cultivate an optimistic disposition, or an internal locus of control inclined intrinsically toward solution-oriented behavior that seeks desirable outcomes despite external circumstances
  • Good judgment: The ability to consider options, opinions, consequences and actions objectively using awareness, compassion and common sense
 

 

TV Relate Icon Relate

Learning goal: Collaboration

Help students learn strategies and techniques for effective communication, perspective-taking, and empathy using the FutureFit resources collected under the “Relate” domain. Skills highlighted in this domain include diversity and tolerance, communication and collaboration, humility, and perspective-taking.

At the practical level, Relate focuses on skills and abilities that blend well with both core academic concepts and broader social-emotional learning goals articulated by standards organizations, states, and researchers. We’ve meshed the best and most relevant concepts and approaches into an accessible list of skills that is easy to understand and articulate to students, including:

Relate - Learning Goal: Collaboration
 
  • Communication: The ability to effectively communicate thoughts, ideas, concepts, emotions and needs - both verbally and in writing, individually or in groups - in a manner reflective of established social norms
  • Openness and perspective: The ability to view a situation, event or circumstance from another point of view, or from multiple points of view.
  • Diversity and tolerance: The ability to recognize, respect, and take perspective from the range of human differences, including race, gender, ethnicity, gender identity, physical ability, sexual orientation.
  • Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of others
  • Humility: The ability to be honest and realistic in taking perspective of one's worth, value and modesty in relation to that of others. "Humility isn't thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less."
 

 

TV Serve Icon Serve

Learning goal: Service mentality

Your students can learn to develop a service mentality using the FutureFit resources collected under the “Serve” domain. Skills highlighted in this domain include community engagement, sharing, and global citizenship and awareness.

At the practical level, Serve focuses on skills and abilities that blend well with both core academic concepts and broader social-emotional learning goals articulated by standards organizations, states, and researchers. We’ve meshed the best and most relevant concepts and approaches into an accessible list of skills that is easy to understand and articulate to students, including:

Serve - Learning Goal: Service Mentality
 
  • Community engagement: The ability to utilize one's acquired skills, talents and interests with the goal of fostering the collective vision and benefit of one's community
  • Global awareness: The ability to recognize, respect, and take perspective of the cultural similarities and differences inherent in a connected, diverse and multicultural social norm
  • Service mentality: The ability to recognize and cultivate opportunities to assist others with no expectation for reward
  • Sharing: The ability to use, occupy, or enjoy something jointly with another or others
 

 

TV Investigate Icon Investigate

Learning goal: Critical thinking

Critical thinking skills are a significant factor in classroom, college, and career success. Help your students develop these essential skills using the FutureFit resources collected under the “Investigate” domain. Skills highlighted in this domain include inquisitiveness, information literacy, data synthesis, and pattern recognition.

At the practical level, Investigate focuses on skills and abilities that blend well with both core academic concepts and broader social-emotional learning goals articulated by standards organizations, states, and researchers. We’ve meshed the best and most relevant concepts and approaches into an accessible list of skills that is easy to understand and articulate to students, including:

Investigate - Learning Goal: Critical Thinking
 
  • Information literacy: The ability to quickly and effectively determine what information is needed, where to find it, and how to evaluate, apply and communicate it
  • Data synthesis: The ability to quickly and effectively evaluate data from various sources and use it to provide actionable insight
  • Pattern recognition: The ability to quickly and effectively discern patterns in data, information, processes, etc. and model those patterns to produce solutions to disparate or tangential problems
  • Bias awareness: The ability to honestly perceive one's own biases, stereotypes, and prejudices when developing information, patterns, models, tropes or solutions
  • Inquisitiveness: The ability - rooted in an eagerness for knowledge - to objectively and broadly ask questions purely to satisfy curiosity
 

 

TV Solve Icon Solve

Learning goal: Problem solving

The ability to quickly and effectively solve problems plays a major role in classroom, college, and career success. Help your students develop these essential skills using the FutureFit resources collected under the “Solve” domain. Skills highlighted in this domain include process acumen, computational thinking, and design thinking.

At the practical level, Solve focuses on skills and abilities that blend well with both core academic concepts and broader social-emotional learning goals articulated by standards organizations, states, and researchers. We’ve meshed the best and most relevant concepts and approaches into an accessible list of skills that is easy to understand and articulate to students, including:

Solve - Learning Goal: Problem Solving
 
  • Computational thinking: The ability to effectively formulate and frame problem-solving strategies that can be applied and carried out by computers, machines, or humans
  • Process acumen: The ability to clearly and effectively define and implement replicable processes, as well as to communicate the associated tasks, roles and details to others
  • Design thinking: The ability to learn and apply techniques common in solving complex problems (i.e. in engineering and science) to disparate or tangential circumstances and situations
  • Solicit assistance: The ability to ask for help, assistance and expertise when one’s own limits become an impediment to progress
 

 

TV Create Icon Create

Learning goal: Creativity

Help your students learn how to create, produce and innovate using the FutureFit resources collected under the “Create” domain. Skills highlighted in this domain include innovation, idea generation and detail orientation.

At the practical level, Create focuses on skills and abilities that blend well with both core academic concepts and broader social-emotional learning goals articulated by standards organizations, states, and researchers. We’ve meshed the best and most relevant concepts and approaches into an accessible list of skills that is easy to understand and articulate to students, including:

Create - Learning Goal: Creativity
 
  • Innovation: The ability to introduce new and useful ideas, processes, designs or solutions in a variety of contexts and circumstances
  • Idea generation: The ability to use effective processes to develop and iterate ideas into abstract or concrete concepts
  • Idea evaluation and analysis: The ability to take stock of and evaluate the feasibility of ideas generated by self and others
  • Detail orientation: The ability to pay close attention to and effectively manage the volume and variety of details found in focused work
 

 

TV Adapt Icon Adapt

Learning goal: Persistence

Help your students develop grit using the FutureFit resources collected under the “Adapt” domain. Skills highlighted in this domain include flexibility, wayfinding, and opportunity recognition.

At the practical level, Adapt focuses on skills and abilities that blend well with both core academic concepts and broader social-emotional learning goals articulated by standards organizations, states, and researchers. We’ve meshed the best and most relevant concepts and approaches into an accessible list of skills that is easy to understand and articulate to students, including:

Adapt - Learning Goal: Persistence
 
  • Flexibility: The ability to adapt to situations and circumstances both within or outside of one's locus of control
  • Find your own way: The ability to clearly articulate and navigate one's own path through various situations, circumstances and scenarios
  • Fail forward: The ability to learn from failure or mistakes and positively apply what is learned to new challenges
  • Identify opportunities: The ability to recognize and identify opportunities for self, others and the community across various life scenarios
  • Self-confidence: The ability to realistically assess, develop and articulate one's own abilities, talents, qualities and judgment
 

 

TV Get Going Icon  Get Going

Learning goal: Initiative

Growth mindset and self-direction are the qualities your students will develop using the FutureFit resources collected under the “Get Going” domain. Skills highlighted in this domain accountability, entrepreneurial drive, urgency and self-direction.

At the practical level, Get Going focuses on skills and abilities that blend well with both core academic concepts and broader social-emotional learning goals articulated by standards organizations, states, and researchers. We’ve meshed the best and most relevant concepts and approaches into an accessible list of skills that is easy to understand and articulate to students, including:

Get Going - Learning Goal: Initiative
 
  • Self-direction: The ability to organize, make decisions about, and progress through about one's own efforts at work, play, and other endeavors
  • Accountability: The ability and willingness to hold oneself and others responsible for actions, words, efforts and judgments
  • Growth mindset: The ability to continually cultivate opportunities for intellectual growth through the application of hard work in the face of challenge
  • Entrepreneurial drive: The ability to recognize and identify entrepreneurial opportunities and embrace an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Urgency: The ability to respond quickly and with focused energy to problems, circumstances, and scenarios created by self or others
 

 

TV Get Real Icon  Get Real

Learning goal: Real-world effectiveness

Help your students apply what they learn in the classroom using the FutureFit resources collected under the "Get Real" domain. Skills highlighted in this domain include leadership, reflective practice, and embracing change. At the practical level, Get Real focuses on skills and abilities that blend well with both core academic concepts and broader social-emotional learning goals articulated by standards organizations, states, and researchers.

We’ve meshed the best and most relevant concepts and approaches into an accessible list of skills that is easy to understand and articulate to students, including:

Get Real - Learning Goal: Real-World Effectiveness
 
  • Produce meaningfully: The ability to apply serious thought, energy and effort to the production of meaningful work product
  • Leadership: The ability to lead others in a goal-oriented manner, helping them to grow, achieve, develop, and accomplish
  • Reflective practice: The ability to regularly reflect on one's thoughts, actions and attitudes with the goal of continuous learning
  • Use what you know: The ability to use and leverage ideas and knowledge from disparate domains to solve related and unrelated problems and inform others
  • Embrace change: The ability to successfully and resiliently respond and adapt to unexpected changes and events

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