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Skills vs. Life Skills


  • A Skill is a learned ability to do something well
  • Life Skills are the way one applies learned skills to real life situations

Life Skills include...


  • Decision Making
  • Goal Setting
  • Planning, Implementaion and Evaluating
  • Accepting Responsibility
  • Communication
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Record Keeping

(see "Targeting Life Skills Model" below)
Targeting Life Skills Model

Effective Use Of Life Skills


Life Skills are to be integrated into subject matter content; "not added-on." Life Skills are best learned when practiced at the developmental level of the learner One or more skills are to be included in any one educational experience.