Keys to 21st Century learning skills

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Learning is something we all do. It's instinctive, a natural talent we have that's hardwired into our brains and bodies. From the dawn of human history, learning has been a talent that's helped us react and adapt to life's toughest threats and its most challenging opportunities. Regrettably, across the last several hundred years, the Western World has slowly lost its faith in our instinctive learning talents. In their place, the Western World’s thought leaders have convinced us that learning requires the kind of formal education you can only get in classrooms filled with students being taught by formally certified teachers. Today, learning has become synonymous with formal classroom-based education. 

EDUCATION IS NOT ENOUGH

At Transformational Learning Opportunities, we’ve discovered that, by itself, a formal classroom education is never enough. High school diplomas, college degrees, and third-party training certificates are necessary stepping stones. Educational accomplishments we surely need. But, no matter how advanced or well taught these accomplishments are, they can never guarantee you that you will successfully develop the new knowledge, modes of thinking, and behavioral skills you need to thrive in today's world. Today, in addition to formal degrees, each of us needs to know how to acquire the new knowledge we need and, in addition, how to transform what we’ve learned during these educational moments into what we can actually do in our real worlds.  

Specifically, we need to know how to transform the knowledge we’ve developed through the educational and real-world experience we’ve had into personal and professional learning journeys. Journeys that are aimed directly at improving the skills we already have, at developing the new skills we need to succeed at work and in our lives, and at reframing the outdated modes of thinking we’re clinging to so that no matter the situation we can respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities our lives bring to us. To do this we must realize that over time the learning we’re doing needs to include two essential elements; a “Front-End” step that’s focused on acquiring new knowledge and a “Back-End” step that’s concerned with translating this new knowledge into new skills.

TLO’s Approach To Learning

We all need to master this learning equation:

"Formal Education + Self-Directed Learning = Successful Personal and Professional Development"

This Front-End/Back-End learning equation highlights the idea that to improve old skills, develop new ones, and/or reframe outmoded ways of thinking, we need high-quality educational experiences and in addition — we need unique, carefully designed personal learning experiences. Together, this combination is what lets us translate what we’ve learned into what we can do. Those of us who have personal issues to address, those of us who have professional goals to realize, and those of us who want to realize our potential need to know how to organize both the Front-End and the Back-End components of our own learning journeys. Clicking any one of the navigation buttons below will help you learn more about the various ways TLO approaches learning, and how these different approaches can help you successfully organize and implement your own unique learning journeys.all