Note: This is not a usual post to help in your examinations, tips or advice. It’s about some modern teacher skills that we need in our schools and other institutes for better learning environment.
Teaching is a profession that receives tremendous respect and the teachers who understand their students and adapt with times, they make a big impact to the process of advancement in education, setting benchmark for others.
Today, we’ll see the four main characteristics of a modern teacher.
1. Move into their students world even if it’s foreign territory
In Abhishek’s school, whenever a teacher is absent, a different teacher (of other grade also) is assigned for the period. The substitute teacher then ask students to sit quiet (heads down) and continue with his/her own stuff like checking papers, etc.
What a waste of time (45-50 minutes) for students!
Suppose if the teacher, not a subject expert for the period, initiate something and ask students to tell what they are learning so far. The modern teacher may ask the class – Today, why don’t you teach me something about this subject?
It will do two things –
1) Allows students to revise things by explaining some topics to the teacher.
2) And the teacher would feel happy to learn something new from the students.
It’s okay not to be an expert on a subject to initiate a learning environment.
2. See themselves as co-learners, not teachers
To improve the teaching methods and style, a teacher can take help from students. A modern teacher may ask students to give suggestions to improve himself/herself.
If a student ask something that is not in books and teacher is not supposed to teach that thing, the modern teacher can give that question as assignment to students so that both, students and teacher, can try to learn from it rather than usual “Not in syllabus” remark.
3. Embrace change
Instead of getting afraid of changes, modern teachers feel excited about the challenges and adventures that technology and innovation brings to education. They are ready to step out of their comfort zone.
Some teachers from the traditional classroom background now teaching students in online mode using computer and internet connection. This is the sign of progress.
4. Allow their students to learn from each other
When I was studying in school, there was nothing like learning from peers. A student who used to answer the teacher’s questions was labeled as intelligent, and who did not know the answers, were considered as dumb. These days, students can learn from each other if teacher provide them space and environment.
A modern teacher encourages collaborative learning where weak students can learn from intelligent students in healthy and positive way.
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