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Learning and practicing skills

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Overview of Skills


Working on the challenges you are not only connecting and learning globally with your peers, you are also expanding knowledge and meanwhile intensively learning and practicing various skills.


Developing your capacity for thoughtful social action involves specific critical thinking tools. Organizing activities for social projects in your school, neighborhood or community will further enrich curricular goals and build on knowledge. 


Curricula across North America encourage students to analyze social problems, formulate thoughtful strategies,question assumptions, and act responsibly on their beliefs as part of active citizenship. Social action projects are an integral part of the exploration of curriculum rather than an “add on”. The social action project becomes the vehicle through which students uncover the curriculum and develop understanding.


The Handbook 'Social Action Projects’ (Imagine Action) was jointly developed by the CTF (Canadian Teachers’ Federation) and TC2 (The Critical Thinking Consortium).

It is written for teachers who want to involve their students in social action projects. It describes 'Understanding and Planning' social action projects, and provides background knowledge necessary for teachers to effectively implement social action you can assess the projects.





This is an overview of skills essential to carry out your tasks thoughtfully. 
Click here to download and print a pdf version; you can use it to keep track of what skills have been addressed and what it has brought to you.



SKILLS & SUBJECTS              






Contributing to group work         
Know and respect agreements         
Take initiative         

Give feedback

Learn from feedback        
Stand up for yourself        
Helping others achieve their goals        
Contribution to the work climate         


Actively listen to others        
Ask questions to support others        
How to use writing to share ideas with others        

How to read, evaluate and edit the work of others


Critical Thinking (to problems & issues)

Think of a good a question for the assignment        
Think of a good a question for the interview        
How to start and carry out a research in respond to questions        
The ability to collect, interpret and present information to others        

Reflection on own work/actions 

Effectiveness of own actions         
Insight in consequences of own actions         
Learning from the approach of others        
Reflecting on the quality of work        

Learning Strategies

Set realistic goals        
Divide goals into sub-steps        
Create a schedule/plan        
Perform planning; set priorities        
Organizing tasks for assignment        

Self guided learning & ownership

Define learning goals        
Ask for help        
Make choices in: priorities         
Make choices in: how to learn        
Make choices in: where to learn         
Make choices in: when to learn         
Make choices in: with whom to learn        
Adjusting choices        

Global collaboration & 
Cultural Perspectives

Show empathy
Conflict resolution        
Analyze social problems        
Clarify the problem        
Explore issues of national and global significance        
Understand how regions are similar and different        
Learn to work with peers in other places

ICT skills:


Understand how technologies are used in virtual collaboration

Gain experience in working with computers        
Be aware of 'Netiquette' in digital communication        







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