If you believe that education is key to achieving our potential, not only as individuals, but as the community that builds the businesses, institutions, and infrastructure that keep our society going, then becoming a teacher might sound like a natural idea to you. However, if you want to really make a difference, how do you excel in an educational career and innovate your classroom?
Kindling Creativity in the Classroom
While teaching to the curriculum is essential, there is a growing understanding that creativity is just as essential in the classroom as well. This means not only a focus on creative art lessons and the like but also highlighting the importance of open-ended questions, which can help students learn about conversing about ideas, collaborating on them, and can also help connect the educational experience with the real world outside of it. Empowering your students to go through their own thought processes and identify their own ideas teaches them to be more creative in general.
Keeping up With Technological Insights
We’re raising a generation that is even more attached to the hip to their technology than we were. Aside from a host of new challenges, this also offers new opportunities to take some of the benefits of technology and to apply them in the classroom. LanSchool’s blog covering K-12 edtech provides real and current examples of how this is being done, as well as tips for implementing tech more effectively in the classroom. Teachers and decision-makers in the school can take these tips to try and apply them in their own educational environment.
Providing Flexible Educational Environments
One of the most practical uses of technology as of late has been in using remote learning platforms to help students learn from what spaces are available during the pandemic. Though we’re likely to be easing out of it in the (hopefully near) future, this need for flexible learning environments, as shown by the Schoology blog, can still help us work around the problems common in the average classroom, such as noisy and cluttered environments that are difficult to work in for the individual.
People tend to work much better when they understand what, exactly, they are working for. This is no different in the classroom either. You can throw your students into the deep end and try to help them grasp subjects from the ground level. However, many teachers have been finding more success in providing a lesson plan at the start of the day (or the session) that makes the eventual goals clear to the students. Even better, you can find what performance indicators you can use for students to see whether or not they have successfully met the goal of the lesson.
A lot of people who get into education will be teaching in a position that remains relatively similar for the rest of their lives. There’s nothing wrong with that, as teachers are inherently valuable at every level. However, this post can hopefully help you identify the way to keep moving forward in your teaching career.