The birth of educational technology has caused a tidal wave of changes in the academe. Many programs are now being implemented in schools, such as “Bring Your Own Device” and 1:1 technology classrooms. A lot of technical jargon is now being used, which tends to make a lot of teachers feel overwhelmed. What skills should a teacher have to effectively handle the modern day classroom? Read on below and learn.
The Ability to Form Strong and Genuine Relationships
Expand your professional network. Get to know your colleagues and students beyond their name, both online and offline. If you feel that a person can contribute to your growth as a teacher, the time spent with them will be worth it.
The Ability to Have a Firm Grasp on Where Technology can be Applied in Education
There is an abundance of EdTech materials being designed and produced nowadays. Many teachers receive emails from their colleagues and companies about new EdTech materials that they can use. You must learn how to filter all these to determine which ones are most useful in the classroom. You can also do research on your own for reliable sources of materials that will best suit your needs.
The Ability to Build and Protect One’s Online Image
Modern-day teachers must take note of how others see them online. Always make sure that the networking sites that you join build you up as a professional. Take LinkedIn, for example. Keep your profile updated. Check the kind of information that you share online.
The Ability to Take it Easy and to Take One Step at a Time
Don’t give out lessons just for the sake of doing it. If you feel that you are merely breezing through a topic just to get to the next, stop yourself and slow down. Spend some time to reflect on the best way to get the message across to your students. Check if technology can help to improve class discussions.
The Ability to Get Rid of One’s Fear of Failing
Achieving success in a modern-day classroom is a matter of trial and error. To be able to determine the best EdTech materials that will work in the classroom, you must be willing to try them out. Get rid of the anxiety of what people might say when you fail. If it doesn’t work out, then just shrug it off and move on with the next material that you have in mind.
The Ability to Know When to Pause and Disconnect
When you feel that you are about to get burned out by the task of updating your online class or managing your classroom, it is important to learn how to pause and take a breather. Modern-day teachers should be well-rounded individuals that have time for all aspects of their lives. Rest and save the next round of lesson-planning for another day.
Remember that teaching is one of the noblest professions. We must ensure that we continue to grow and become the best version of ourselves so that the future of our students will not be compromised. Develop these essential skills by heart and become the teacher from whom the students would want to learn.
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