Alright, as a newbie coordinator, I was introduced to a LOT of new-to-me acronyms, but one in particular really stuck with me...
It was used not as a noun, but as an adjective... for describing the world context for which we are preparing our students.
We've all seen videos like this one, relating just how quickly society is changing:
For me, the biggest takeaway from these videos is always that many of the top-ten in-demand jobs within the next few years have not even been invented yet, or are trying to solve problems we haven't even dreamt of.
Into what kind of world will our students graduate?That's where VUCA comes in. The future will be:
- Volatile: rapidly changing, unstable and transitory
- Uncertain: not likely to follow past trends, unpredictable
- Complex: having many facets and interconnectedness
- Ambiguous: open to many interpretations
And it is our job as educators to prepare our students for this new work force. How can we do this? How can we expose our students to this kind of context, but still maintain a safe atmosphere - where it is okay to take risks and even fail as we learn and improve - in our classrooms?
A little more poking around online turned up this graphic, which can help give teachers a focus when it comes to helping students adapt and thrive in a VUCA environment. It is written from a leadership perspective, but has a lot of good direction for me, when I am giving my students 21st Century-style problems to solve, or rich tasks to conquer. I often wonder if I am being too "hands-off," and this will help:
VUCA is a new lens through which I can view and guide what we're doing in class, all to prepare my students for this brave, new world. It will be interesting how this guides my job next year as a coordinator and coach for teachers also preparing for this new future of education.