Just what is a future ready learner, anyway?

Updated: Oct 31, 2021


What is a future ready learner?


A future ready learner is someone who learns how to learn, who is able to think critically, communicate effectively, collaborate productively, and solve complex problems. A future ready learner is a lifelong learner who is digitally literate and digitally confident. Those among us who are future ready know how to learn and how to teach themselves what they need to know.


The future isn’t something to be worried about, it’s something you’re preparing for.

The characteristics of a future ready learner


Strategic thinkers, problem solvers, collaborators, and lifelong learners


A future ready learner is a student who is prepared for the future of work. It’s not just about getting good grades in school, it’s also about being a strategic thinker, a problem solver, a collaborator, and a lifelong learner. Your future ready learners are not only ready to take on new challenges or learn new skills, they also have the chops to solve complex problems. They won’t have all the answers, but they will know enough to make an educated and effective choice.


A future ready learner is a strategic thinker


To be a future ready learner, you need to be a strategic thinker. The future isn’t something to be worried about, it’s something you’re preparing for. To foster critical thinking and problem-solving, we should teach students how to reason and problem solve actively and constructively.


A future ready learner is a problem solver


It’s never too early to learn how to problem-solve. It’s one of the most important skills to have in your toolbox, and it’s something that will help you no matter what career and vocational paths students choose. We can focus on allowing effective problem-solving skills, as well as the student-teacher relationship, to develop unimpeded and preserved.


A future ready learner is a collaborator


The future-ready learner is a conscious collaborator. They are aware that they are not the only expert in the room. They are aware that they are not the only expert in the world. And they are aware that collaboration with others is essential to developing expertise in the future.


A future ready learner is a lifelong learner


A future ready learner is a lifelong learner. This is because being future ready means being able to adapt to change, to keep up with technology, to understand the world, and to take risks and try new things.


These are the skills everyone should be honing


The world is changing quickly and future ready learners possess 21st century skills that can help them take advantage of opportunities in their everyday lives.


Here are the top 10 skills your students should develop for success in the realer world:

  1. Problem-solving

  2. Critical thinking

  3. Time management

  4. Communication skills

  5. Creativity

  6. Collaboration

  7. Initiative

  8. Self-motivation

  9. Leadership

  10. Ability to define goals, values, and vision

There are many ways that your students can become ready for the world ahead of them. These skills will help your students to achieve their goals and to take advantage of opportunities when they meet them.