Why Include Project Management in K12?
Figure 1: The project management toolbox
The project management toolset should be emphasized in schools because the world is moving towards the new information age due to technological advancement. Broad project management is essentially a life skill. Life skills at K12 level can enable children to have abilities for positive and adaptive behavior to enable them to deal with modern everyday challenges. Introducing project management as a life skill is particularly important because it encourages responsibility and accountability among learners at an early age. It can encourage the learners to be independent in the way they handle life's challenges.
Many schools have implemented project management in some form, but there are no specified procedures to support those projects' successful completion. Here are ways of introducing project management as a life skill in the K12 education stream.
Perhaps the starting point for a major thrust of project management skills into the educational system is to convince upper echelons of the established bureaucracy of its high value. Indeed, the inclusion of this competency not only provides a valuable learning experience, it will prove to be a necessity in the work world of the future.
Introducing project management skills
A good project management skill set enables learners to manage their daily activities strategically and efficiently. The most practical way to pass project management on as a life skill is for the teacher to play the role of a leader, and instill the aspects of project planning and execution. Educators can initiate projects as sponsors as they work daily, and act as mentors to their learners.
Teachers can pass this professional competency perspective to their students even if they are not specifically trained in this area. This instruction needs to be executed in the simplest approach possible to enable the learners to appreciate the process and feel motivated. In this way, the learners can initiate, plan, monitor, and control their projects with enthusiasm.