Teaching the Students of 21st Century

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Technology has brought in a lot of changes in our day to day lives, which cannot be ignored. It has made the processes faster, without compromising on the quality of services. Similarly, the education sector has also been affected by the advent of technology.

Training and educating the upcoming or the 21st century generation has become a difficult task not only for their parents but also the educators. Teaching, which was never an easy profession, has become even more complex.  The demands of a current generation student are very high. So, the teachers have to be proactive and well verse with technology.

Here are some of the essential qualities required in a 21st Century Teacher:

Commitment towards Students

Among all the qualities, having professional knowledge of the subject is considered very important.  Nowadays, having just the basic knowledge of the topic or the subject is not considered sufficient.  A teacher should be aware of its commitment level with the students. Professional knowledge is the awareness of the commitment she/he/has with the students. Teachers should be aware about the consequences it can have on the students and should try to portray themselves as potential role models for them.

Instructional Effectiveness

The most important aspect between teacher-student relationships is the effectiveness of the instructions provided by the teachers. An effective teacher is one who can teach well, has a versatile way of teaching ability to teach well and precision over his/her methodology. The instructions need to be clear and to the mark. It should have diversity but at the same time should not be too complex to understand.

Communication Skills

Another important quality of an efficient teacher is having good communication skills. It does not take a lot of time to understand about the level of communication skills of the teacher. The information spreads rapidly among the staff members and students and a particular image is formed about the teacher.

The body language is also an important factor when it comes to judging a teacher’s communication skills. An ideal teacher is anything but hostile with the students and every teacher’s door should be open for a student’s doubts and queries. These factors are essential for personality development of students.

Moving out of the Shell

An ideal teacher for the diverse current generation is one who is not limited to constraints and is willing to go out of the box to get things done. They should put in extra effort to make the students feel comfortable and understand the true nuances of education. They should also be well aware of the student’s psychology, in order to resolve any possible conflicts.

Willingness to learn

Teaching is a long-standing process. Every teacher learns gradually over time and evolves not only as an educator, but also as a person. Along with the students, it’s a learning curve for the teachers as well. Good teachers are always in search of the activities that help them in their professional development.

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Hello!!! Ever heard a quote, “Teaching means learning twice”?

Hello!!! Ever heard a quote, “Teaching means learning twice”?

No…

Doesn’t matter. This blog will help you in understanding meaning behind this quote.

This is a very famous quote written by renowned French essayist and moralist, Joseph Joubert. By this quote, he has tried to modernize or update the act of teaching.

When I read this quote for the first time, I really liked the quote. This quote describes teacher as a teacher and as a learner. The one who is in this profession will surely understand that, teaching doesn’t mean the education or the qualification the teacher possess. It involves learning and evaluating teaching standards and the education quality offered to the students.

 

 

Teaching should inspire students towards attaining their educational goals. Teachers should have a detailed knowledge about their subject. The teacher should tactfully handle the student’s problem as and when arise. Teachers with less subject knowledge can mislead the student and as a result the student might lose interest in the subject.

Teachers training workshops should be held regularly. Some of the senior teacher continue to go with their old-fashioned and traditional ways of teaching. They often refuse to adopt new and improved teaching methods and consider it as extra work.

You may have heard that most of the teachers these days complain that students don’t respect them. The only reason for this is their outdated teaching methods, which no longer interest the students in their subject. Such teacher becomes less popular and gets less respect or no respect from the students.

A student needs some inspiration from the teachers, to start anything in their lives. The teacher, who keeps on learning, inspires and motivates their students to greater heights. It is a teacher who can make the life of the students from good to best.

 

Online vs Offline Teaching

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Education and teaching are two words, which are highly co-related to each other in implication and essence. Their role is to make an individual not only literate, but add reasoning, knowledge ability, and independence. Teaching revolves around ensuring the effectiveness of educational tools and that all students receive quality education. Alongside imitation, teaching is a key mechanism through which humans pass attained information, skills, and technology between generations. Prevalent in humans since ancient times, teaching plays a key role in shaping the human psychological adaptation. As the best education systems have shown, without the guidance of trained and dedicated teachers, and implementation of proper teaching methods, education is incomplete. The biggest trait of great teachers is – they are great learners.  Teachers, in colonial times,  were considered dreadful creatures; controlling classrooms by using intimidation and punishment. Today, teachers have become friendlier and stress on the importance of engaging children to make the teaching process more effective.

Teaching, as with any other field,  has gone through evolutions: from usual teaching methods like: “chalk and talk”, to more modern tools like: use of smart boards, multimedia projectors, and 3D displays.

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Traditional Teaching Methods VS Multimedia Tools

Though, individuals can learn new concepts by hit-trial and error method, however the role of the tutor is of primary importance and cannot be compared with others. Conventional teaching methods like – chalk and board have been prevalent from thousands of years and even today it used effectively. This method is most effective in providing structure required by highly teacher-centered methods. Such tools provide an instructor, ample opportunity to expose the students to readily available materials. The biggest drawback of the conventional teaching method is the monotonous “one-way approach” of the teachers, putting back children in more passive role, without active participation. This method is biased towards only those who can utilize their communication skills effectively.

With advancement of science and technology, innovations have been made in the field of teaching; with acceptance of ‘classroom-friendly’ tools. The modern methodology is more student friendly, making teacher’s role even highly significant in making learning stress-free. Modern teaching methodology involves use of better tools, more participation of the students, and makes classrooms livelier. “Hands-on activity” is another method used often, involving – talking, listening, and movement to understand new concepts efficiently. It has been scientifically proven that children respond better to livelier scientific tools which improve better understanding of concepts and better cognitive functions, hence improving the overall domain.

Z to A Teaching approach

Lately, the (Z to A) teaching approach has become ubiquitous in classrooms around the world. This approach attempts to explain the application part of a problem before stressing on actual definition; making for better understanding by generating more interest and helping creating long lasting memory. For instance, in management, team work can be explained by providing successful examples of team work in various organizations; thus generating more interest of the students to understand the actual definition and domain of team work.


Across the globe, Information Technology is altering the work ethics of students, faculty, and staff; with tablets, smartphones, and other forms of hand-held devices making information more accessible. It can be easily interpreted that classroom experience has been altered by use of technology, making concepts more understandable. Innovations in the field of teaching have made a drastic change in the overall learning experience, shifting from the archetypical platform of teaching and learning. In the new model of learning, the role of student is more important than teachers. The notion of paperless and pen less classroom is emerging as an alternative to the conventional teaching methods. The change is inevitable and with introduction of multimedia technology, teaching has become a more interactive process, facilitating teachers in helping make concepts more learner friendly.