This month’s topic of discussion focuses on the future of the teaching profession. How fitting for this to be June’s topic of discussion when we are at the end of the school year. Teachers look back on their school year and determine the good and bad things that happened during the year. We also look forward to next school year and our next class of students.
What will the teaching profession look like in 5, 10, 20 years from now?
Will we still hold fast to the typical school year calendar?
Will we still group students according to age instead of ability and skill level?
Will we still give arbitrary letter grades 3-4 times per school year on a report card?
Will (many) teachers still hold to the belief that they are the sage on stage with the key holder to all the information?
Will we allow students to create, manipulate, design, innovate, and invent?
Will we empower students to take charge of their own learning and be by their side to guide them?
Granted, I have asked more questions rather than providing answers.
But these are questions we should ask ourselves now and questions that can guide the future of education.
What do you think? How will teaching change over the course of the next 5, 10, 20 years?