Instructional Video “Teaching Strategies to Cultivate Competency in Classes”


  Our project proposes 7 generic skills (skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and expressiveness that can be used across disciplines) and 8 attitudes and values as competencies that can be cultivated in Japanese school education and which are, moreover, necessary for students to better engage with society and the world and live better lives in the year 2030.

Generic Skills

Attitudes and Values

Critical thinking
Problem solving
Sensitivity, expression and creativity

Mind to love
Acceptance, sympathy and respect
Willingness to cooperate
Interests in the betterment of society
Curiosity and inquisitive mind
Sense of justice

  What do we need to prepare, devise, and how do we identify the topics that will actually foster these skills, attitudes and values through subject lessons? In this project, we summarized our research outcomes (identifying common elements from lessons in which students recognized self-improvements) for some of the above competencies listed as “Teaching Strategies to Cultivate Competency in Classes”.
  Our research outcomes are explained using actual classroom videos in the following instructional videos:

Generic Skills

Teaching Strategies to Cultivate “Critical Thinking Skills” in Classes

  ”Critical thinking” is the competency to make objective and logical judgments related to various information in terms of its correctness based on evidence or to think from various perspectives such as “is there any other way of looking at or thinking about it?” This video introduces 5 teaching strategies to cultivate critical thinking skills. (20 minutes)

Teaching Strategies to Cultivate “Problem-solving” in Classes

  “Problem-solving” is the skill to define a problem, identify a method or methods to solve the problem, and to devise and implement a solution. This video introduces five strategies to foster this skill. (20 minutes)

Teaching Strategies to Cultivate “Collaboration” in Classes

 “Collaboration” refers to the ability to cooperate with others in order to learn deeply and to achieve goals. This video explains 7 teaching strategies that are effective for cultivating this skill. (20 minutes)


Attitude and Values

Teaching Strategies to Cultivate “Curiosity and Inquisitive Mind” in Classes

  ”A curious and inquisitive mind” wants to know in detail what one does not know; takes interest and develops concern toward day-to-day events however small; has a drive to search for things that one wants to learn and solve, and a desire to arrive at a logical answer for questions such as: “Why?” “How does it work?” and “What is right?” This video introduces 4 teaching strategies to cultivate a curious and inquisitive mind. (20 minutes)

Teaching Strategies to Cultivate “Grit” in Classes

  “Grit” is an attitude to persevere and seeing thing through even when the going gets rough; remaining positive, learning from mistakes, and trying again. This video introduces six strategies to foster this attitude. (22 minutes)


Teaching Strategies to Cultivate “Acceptance, sympathy and respect” in Classes

  “Acceptance, sympathy and respect” is the attitude that understands every person possesses different ideas, opinions, and values from one’s own while accepting those differences, sympathize with their emotions, and to respect and appreciate others. This video explains 4 teaching strategies that are effective for cultivating this attitude. (25 minutes)