The traditional model of the “master class” is one in which the teacher takes the textbook and explains to his or her students what they should learn. They then quickly write down what they understand in their notebooks and copy exercises from the blackboard. In fact this model is already history. The way we teach our children and young people is crying out to be changed.
Teachers are constantly telling us how difficult it is to capture and maintain the attention of students in class. On the other hand, parents and students complain that the aim is to turn children into an encyclopedia of knowledge that they will often never use again in their lives.
The way our children and young people learn has changed. We often wonder how a child who barely knows how to walk or talk can handle a tablet with total accuracy, or why young people look everything up on Google. You’ve almost certainly been in the situation where you don’t know how to operate a new electronic device you bought, whereas your child has no problem in connecting it and making it work, without having read any instructions .
There’s no doubt that in many things our children know more than we do, but even so they need to learn about many other issues, and the teacher, as a guide, can assist them in their discovery so that they can grow up to become successful men and women. However, how do you teach them so that they can assimilate knowledge without it being a burden for them, but rather something that stays with them all their life?
As parents and teachers we would like to tell you about our own experience in teaching using the new technologies. You’ll love it because you don’t need to be a tech expert and you’ll find it easy to create classes that leave a lasting impression on your students.
As a teacher, the role of motivator is still in your hands, but you will change from being the only source of knowledge to becoming an expert guide in the world of knowledge, using content and resources that are attractive because they are the ones students use in their daily lives.
New technologies offer you:
- A significant increase in the level of interest among students thanks to the medium and to the audiovisual resources; thereby encouraging students to participate much more, with even the more reluctant ones feeling able to ask questions without fear of their surroundings.
- A high degree of customization, since each student can be assigned different tasks according to their skills. The new technologies also allow you to discover each student’s preferences, doubts and concerns, and thus adapt the teaching to their different interests.
- A rapid exchange of information. By working in real time from your desktop, you can: discover what each student is doing, send messages, make corrections online, help them, redirect the activity, etc.
- Organization of multi-tasking classes, being able to use different media to teach the same topic in a simple way: books, videos, quizzes, games, etc., thereby giving free rein to your imagination.
- An environment that is conducive to interactivity and collaborative learning, where you can create work groups with objectives in a climate of communication and respect among students in order to discuss and contrast ideas.
- Evaluation, self-assessment and co-evaluation tools that encourage students to grow and aid the work of the teacher.
- Encouraging creativity in learning, thus enabling the creation of meaningful learning that will last a lifetime.
Reading this post is sure to have encouraged you to rethink the way the system of teaching and learning takes place in your classes. Make sure you don’t get left behind! Make sure your students don’t get left behind!