Changes, changes, changes

How do we see the teaching profession changing and evolving in this next century?
Educators will need to be willing to adapt to any changes that may come in the classrooms.
Here’s what we should expect in the next decades if we want to truly transform education and the learning process for our nation’s students:

-Eliminate age-based classrooms. Set up schools in such a way that students are in the same learning environment as other students of their same learning level. We often teach to the middle and the low-level and high-level learners are left behind.
-Demand that teachers are teaching the subject areas they are most highly qualified and highly skilled to teach. This is the expectation now, but is certainly not always implemented.
-Have high expectations for our nation’s teachers and those who don’t meet those expectations need to be removed from the classroom. Expectations do not have to be measured via students’ test scores, by the way.
-Truly implement the use of technology and 21st century skills in the classroom and make this an expectation for EVERY teacher to teach and implement, not just the computer teacher.

How else do classrooms and teachers need to change and adapt?
Leave your suggestions in the comments.

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2 thoughts on “Changes, changes, changes

  1. I’m certain teachers could change and adapt given solid administration and a school board who doesn’t have to cave to the whims of the community standard or to the proclamations of politicians who tout the merits of standardized tests scores. Educators know of so many ways to fix our ailing system, but the real question seems to be how to convince the higher-ups to let our professional voices and insights be heard. Until then, I am spending another year away from the classroom.

  2. You may already be familiar with these points and have for some reason dismissed them. But if not, writing about education reform and future teacher roles, it can be helpful to understand a fundamental principle vastly underutilized in US schools–insuring that nearly all students get only superficial learning. It’s the strict correlation between practice and skill development of any kind–whether a physical skill or a zone of knowledge. Missing this is like trying to run a high-tech automobile while not understanding the principle behind the firing of gasoline. Get this right and classrooms turn around in a few days. No one’s fault, just a principle overlooked. The link following goes to a brief article explaining the idea
    http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/john-jensen-just-one-teaching-tweak-can-mean-better-learning/
    John Jensen

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