Teachers have been around for many, many years, but as our society grows and develops, the skills a teacher needs in the classroom must also grow and develop. Over the past few decades there have been major changes in everyday life. To properly reach your students your teaching style must adapt to these changes.
These tips are for the modern teacher in 2018. There’s no way of knowing what additional changes may occur in the coming years. For now though, we hope this list helps you pinpoint changes you may need to adopt in your classroom.
Skill 1: Be Willing To Adapt
This is by far the most important tip we can offer to teachers working in the modern age. With how quickly technology is changing, teachers must be able to adapt. A decade ago keeping cell phones out of school was a bothersome task, but doable. Now students face phone addiction, and dealing with phones in the classroom has become a more complicated problem. Additionally, new technology focused on education is constantly being developed. Plus with the internet new teaching strategies are easily found from a simple Google search. Keep track of new teaching trends and technology, and adjust your style accordingly as needed.
Skill 2: A Basic Understanding of Technology
There are older teachers in the workforce who still struggle with email, word processors, and spreadsheets. While this is perfectly understandable, to keep up in this digital age teachers must learn basic technology skills. Technology makes it easier to communicate and stay organized. Teachers don’t need to understand the newest, most cutting edge technology, but they need to firmly understand the basics.
Skill 3: Manage Your Online Identity Wisely
It is likely that you have social media profiles for personal use, but when you are an educator you need to manage these social profiles wisely. Your employer and students may be able to find these profiles and you want any content they see to be appropriate. Keep social accounts private or stay off them entirely.
Skill 4: Get Creative
With media, video games, and technology, the world has gotten a lot bigger. It’s more important than ever to engage students with interactive lessons that catch and keep their attention. While there’s nothing wrong with a traditional lecture, unique assignments and lessons will stick out in your students’ minds.
Skill 5: Use Effective Parent Communication Techniques
Technology has made it much easier to keep in contact with parents. You may choose to create a class website. You can use email services to send out a newsletter to all the parents in your classroom instead of sending home a paper one. Find the way that works best for you, but make sure you utilize these free techniques to keep the lines of communication open.
Skill 6: Keep Learning
The world is constantly changing, and there’s always something new to learn. This may be related to the subject you teach, the way you teach, social issues…the list is endless. It is your job to teach students the things they need to know to be successful adults. You should always be on the lookout for ways to better do this job.
Skill 7: Avoid Teacher Burnout
With all the technology available, teacher burnout is higher than ever. That’s because technology makes it even easier to take your work home with you. Teach yourself to unplug from work. Make a rule about checking email at home, or how much time you can dedicate to work outside of class.
Skill 8: Empower Your Students
Teachers can be a huge inspiration to students, and you can use this to help empower those same students. Empower them to think critically. To be creative. To ask questions. To be their own critics, support, and teachers. They have to learn to become independent, and you can help them with that.
Skill 9: Facilitate, Don’t Just Educate
You need to do more than simply hand your students information that they memorize for a test. Get students to interact with new information. Show them how it applies to their lives. Encourage collaboration and independent research. You want to help them grow into better thinkers, not just be good at memorizing.
Skill 10: Take Your Classroom Global
We don’t mean to literally take your students around the world, but the general public has a lot more contact with the entire globe than they used to. Teach your students about different beliefs and cultures. Make sure students understand how their actions can have an affect on the entire world. There’s much more out there than their city or country, and make sure they know it.