Things that will disappear from Classroom in Next 10 Years

Do you remember how you used to get excited when as a kid you use to enter a computer lab? 10 years back, we used to get curious by seeing new technology in the classroom. But, now it has become our necessity. Technology has entered the classroom and in future there are chances that because of the technology we will have to say good bye to a few things in the classroom. Here is the list of a few things which are likely to disappear from classroom in next 10 years.

Textbooks:

Textbooks are the first things that will disappear from classroom in next 10 years. Textbooks are the set of content that a students use to understand the basic knowledge of perspective. As modern techniques of teaching are being introduced in the classroom textbooks will become less popular. Textbooks will be replaced by e-Books as they are cheaper, updated and quickly accessible and more interactive.

Classroom instruction:

Classroom instructions means a traditional way of teaching were a teacher stands in front of the classroom and teach the lesson to the students. In the next 10 years, students will research, listen to the online information, and take online tests as per their convenience. The teacher will play the role of a facilitator. The teacher will functions as a “go-to” person when the help is needed in managing experiments or providing directions for the lesson.

Teachers Desk:

Technology helps the students by allowing them to access internet and interact with journals, books and web pages online. Students also have their own social networks and groups where they can connect with the experts. The teacher only needs to be present as a reference point in order to reduce distraction and help students with their relevant topics.

Student’s desks:

Change in the technology has personalized learning. Personalized learning will keep the students engaged in their studies. In the flexible classroom the student’s desk will be replaced by comfortable furniture that might include bean bags, swings, sofas or double-deck beds.

Computer labs:

With the devices like laptops and iPads students are no longer confined to the computer lab. They can work on any assignment from home, in the classroom, or while standing at the bus stop etc. The computer labs will disappear and classroom will look like a computer lab.

Educational system on our planet is being changed. But, I don’t think change is the thing that we need. A traditional teaching method involving students and teachers in the classroom is not at all terrible. Teacher needs to find new ways of teaching so that these things won’t disappear from the classroom and the traditional concept of teaching doesn’t change.

Using Humour in Classrooms

b1As someone who tries to be funny all the time, I know it can be quite annoying – my friends constantly tell me to stop making jokes. But the truth is – I cannot help it. If there’s a laugh to be had, I feel I’m letting myself down by not pouncing; it’s like being thrown an underarm ball, and watching it sail over your head. Not all jokes work, but – good or bad – they are usually remembered. And that is what we all are trying to do, right? For instance – teachers impart information in a way that sticks; using the right mix of humour to make classrooms more interactive. The key to make students love the classroom is by making them laugh. The concepts of chemistry or the formulas of mathematics are all available in fancy books, but by dressing them up with right amount of humour or exemplifying them with some jokes, teachers can help students to remember them. (The ‘fancy’ term, though, for this is – stealth teaching).

Some explore humour-writing in their classroom using different fun techniques; like talking about the skill of “covering the punch line”, or to demonstrate the significance of cadence in writing. Result? Students laugh, and wriggle at the awkward behaviour of their teachers, but these tricks do help in making the point about how these fun techniques work. Of course, doing this on a daily basis will be something which is unreal as well as difficult but the key is to keep innovating and looking for newer ideas.

So is it easy for teachers to raise the humour bar? The answer to this is tricky to say the least. There are teachers who come across as a hoot outside the classrooms but the moment they enter their “teaching havens”, their demeanour diminishes and all lark disappear. Possibly it bogs down to discipline. Agreeably, some level of control is needed to keep that firm line between a teacher and a student, as there’s a fine line between being viewed as a joker, or simply a joke. But to think that a certain amount of humour challenges someone’s authority would be equally wrong. Yes a teacher has to remain proficient, but as long as unassailable admiration has been established initially; dropping the guard every now and then is a good thing and will be appreciated by all. One way of doing this is by engaging in ‘bantering’; occasionally a student will say something comical and it’s ok for a teacher to reply. A volley of back and forth between a teacher and their class is enormously valued, however, the trick is just not to worry if your student ends up saying something funny and you don’t have a witty reply to it, then simply congratulate them.

In minds of many kids, teachers are ethereal characters but showing you are actually human can help win them over and think of you more as humanly. Opening up in front of your class about a funny situation shows that you are more than just a teaching machine and have a life outside school. The fact is, injecting a bit of humour into the driest of subjects can go a long way in improving the overall classroom atmosphere. Like many comedians who spend their life on circuit, trying to find their niche, teachers too are constantly looking for that appreciation from their students. For instance, during my school days we had a teacher who continuously came up with clichéd one-liners and only about one in ten actually worked, but we loved him because of his authenticity.

Various party skills like juggling, singing, or an uncanny celebrity impression also work. Also, leading by example like writing down a funny joke and sharing it with your class can be helpful. Also, encouraging students to share their jokes can help. Don’t get heartbroken if your joke doesn’t work, and always remember – nothing funny ever started with: Here’s a great joke. A lot of jokes are centred on prodding fun at noticing things which are familiar to any instance in life in a way that they strike harmony with listeners.