The mark of a high quality teacher is one who constantly challenges themselves to learn and explore the newest methods of the profession. Many schools and districts offer opportunities for teachers to continue their professional growth with programs and courses. Teachers also find professional development opportunities outside of school and online. Here are the latest trends in education.
Students as Creators
More and more classrooms put learning into the hands of the students. Discovery and problem solving become part of the process as students actually create working technology. It’s not just theories, but rather practice and execution that is shaping the learning process. Computers, online output, and devices such as 3-D printers allow students to fully oversee the creation of working notions that can be put into use. Their education creates concrete results. Teachers who utilize this new wave of output in their classroom are moving ahead of the curve.
Teachers as Consultants
The standard teacher-centric classroom model is declining, and students are less and less likely to find themselves listening to lectures. Instead, classrooms are environments where students move freely from work stations to learn, discover and practice at their own pace. Teachers are facilitators to set the students in motion, monitor, and coach students along the learning path. Students are encouraged to explore in creative and comfortable spaces and teachers guide them toward understanding.
Teachers are now encouraged to lead students through practical experiences. Students are highly encouraged in this model to actually try their hand at new skills and explore potential vocations. The act of doing and learning from these experiences allows students to collect the foundational skills they need to excel in various career paths after graduation. Authentic learning allows teachers to instruct and lead students through real-world applications of skills.
What are some trends you are excited about in your own professional development?