This poster caught my attention and set me thinking about why and how we teachers need to constantly upgrade ourselves.
This generation of students is facing change at much greater speed than what we faced. What worked for us may not may not work for them now. Their world is completely dominated by technology, excessive and very fast communication, shorter attention spans and living on social media.
We teachers need to unlearn some of our beliefs to adapt and adopt those skills and strategies which will keep our students engaged. There are 5 such skills and ways which are completely non-negotiable and must be adopted.
1. Improve awareness of New technologies and learn the useful ones.
The speed at which our students are learning new technology is just amazing. We need to keep up with them. The new technologies are new for both the novice and and experienced teachers, so no worries, just continue to learn.
This site is wonderful to learn new technologies – http://www.lynda.com/nmhpexp4
2. Improve Global understanding
As per the findings of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Asian countries top the list in the new global rankings in Mathematics.
Interestingly this article called ‘What Shanghai can teach us about teaching math’ @link text , talks about the role of teachers.
“Teachers are expected to mark everything overnight, providing quick feedback for students. And they face their own ongoing testing requirements. Mid-level teachers are expected to complete 240 hours of further training every five years; for upper-level teachers, it’s 540 hours (including 300 hours of research). Each five-year period is capped with performance assessment”.
Needless to say that we urgently need to keep ourselves updated with the pedagogical skills and techniques used in countries which show better student performance results.
3. Use digital resources increasingly
An online worksheet is far more interesting for the students than a worksheet on paper. This also improves the speed of giving feedback to the students. Let us understand this clearly that the impact of a delayed feedback lose its effectiveness in a big way.
Providing an online discussion board for students again works fabulously as it allows a collaborative outlook.
4. Allowing students to submit their understanding digitally
Instead of reading handouts and solving questions on a worksheet, students should be allowed to produce creative blogs, movies, dramatisation of concepts, tutorials or digital stories that they feel proud of and share with others.
One batch of my Grade 8 had dramatised the Number system and created a family tree being interviewed in a television programme where the Natural Numbers was the head of the number family. They did this to represent their understanding of the system.
Innovate your teaching skills all the time. Research and add to your repertoire to create that surprise element in your class to keep the students curious, engaged and motivated.
Using TED videos is one such idea. Take them out of the classroom to investigate, observe and learn. Let them discover and become young Mathematicians.
By Ranjani Mitra – Snr Educational Specialist
(Memeber of Mindspark Development Team)
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