Build skills for lifelong success Many students leave high school without the skills they need to succeed in postsecondary education and the workforce. How can we better equip students for lifelong success? Research demonstrates that intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies impact student behavior and achievement, increase graduation rates, and promote strong post-school outcomes. The Skills That Matter provides middle and high school educators with the resources, tools, and practical examples to teach key intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies, including self-regulation, goal-setting, self-efficacy, assertiveness, and conflict management. Readers will find • Competency-specific evidence-based instructional strategies with examples, and • Tools such as sample instructional plans, formative assessments, and student-friendly products. This book provides teachers with the practical information they need to better develop socially and emotionally engaged, career-equipped, lifelong learners.



Figure 2.1College and Career Competency Wheel—Self-Efficacy

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If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.

—Henry Ford

When we face moderately challenging tasks—such as participating in a 5K run, completing a graduate course, or learning a complex skill—our confidence in our abilities impacts how successful we are. What constitutes a “moderately challenging task” is unique to everyone and is related to our varying strengths and experiences. Our belief in ourselves can also vary depending on the type of task or the circumstances surrounding that task. It’s essential for us to understand that our ability can grow with effort; this is the nature of self-efficacy, and although it can be elusive at times, we need it, and so ...

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