In a world that is changing rapidly, schools need to prepare the students for the dynamic environment they will be facing in the coming years. It’s high time that the schools and teachers should be prepared for tomorrow, as focusing on short-term goals like – next unit, next semester or next grade will only keep the students busy in the present scenario. If you haven’t recognized it yet, the current education system has become obsolete. The key to making children ready for tomorrow is to have a clear goal in mind.
To start with, the professions of tomorrow will be completely different. Beyond curriculum and technology, students will also need to learn new skills for solving problems, collaborating, communicating, and expressing ideas.
So, as parents, you should also not get carried away with “today’s hot jobs”. Don’t let your decisions become focused on what already exists, and the same goes for teachers. As the education policies are changing, teachers have also become more open to changes and experiments that will help them become the educator of the future. So, here we bring you a few roles that you can expect the teachers of tomorrow to play.
Even today children are tech-driven from a very young age, it’s not a surprise to see toddlers to scroll through phones and browse features. The education system has also partnered with technology to make classrooms a better place. Thus, it is very important for all teachers to embrace technology and adapt according to the changes that it brings to the classroom. In the near future, you will see teachers incorporate technology for teaching, assessment, collaboration, and more.
A Learner for life
If we look at the current scenario, after completing education and gaining experience comes a point in a teacher’s life, where he/she thinks that they acquire all the knowledge. So, sometimes they become a little adamant about learning about new things and adapting to changes, but in the future, you will see a teacher as a learner. It is an essential part of modernized education. Teachers will be positive about learning new things, welcome flexibility, and be open to challenges and ideas. This will bring students and teachers on the same page as both will go through the process of learning, unlearning, and evolving.
Being a facilitator and guide for students
Now information is easily accessible to students in many formats including audio, video, text, infographics, and so on. In the coming days, there will be more information or data to consume, this will bring a radical change in the role of a teacher. Thus, the teacher’s role in the future will not be limited to being a provider of information rather helping them out in figuring out which information is right and vice versa. The future teacher will be a facilitator and guide in the classroom tomorrow.
The teacher of tomorrow will go out of the box to make learning better, as learning can not be restricted to a classroom. Rabindranath Tagore talked about a learning system, which encourages children to learn from everything around them. We could not agree more to this, starting from animals, nature, people, books, children have something to learn from everything. Tomorrow’s classroom will expand its horizons, learning spaces will be extended and a teacher’s workspace may not be limited to just a classroom.
The coming years will definitely be technologically-advanced years with better content accessibility. Therefore, the responsibility of teachers will not be restricted to imparting knowledge but helping learners to become life-ready and accumulate all the skills that are essential for life in general.