The 21st century is a fast changing world, and so is the teaching practice. Traditional teaching and learning are changing so as to keep up with the rapid changes and development with digital technologies as well as the ever-expanding online learning environment. Students today are faced with a differentiated set of attitudes, actions, and skills that they will require in order for them to be prepared for, be successful and also meet the challenges of a digital economy.
Empathy with children
First of all, a good teacher should show empathy every time he/she is dealing with the students, especially the younger ones. Empathy is the ability to understand perspectives other than your own which is an important set of teaching strategies any modern teacher should focus on.
Understanding of technology
Technology is growing rapidly, and over the last decade we have seen huge advancements, and we will continue to see them in the years to come. While sometimes it can prove hard to keep up with it, it is still something that modern teachers need to do. You need to have a good understanding of the latest technology and know which digital tools are right for your student. The process may take time, but in the end, it will greatly be influential in the success of your students.
The 21st century is a modern and digital era where teachers need to be flexible and be able to adapt to anything that comes their way. Since new technologies are developed every day, they can change the way students learn as well as how teachers teach. Adaptability is a must-have trait for any modern teacher in order to understand the way the students learn, the behavior they exhibit in the classroom and their lessons plans.
Every teacher needs to have confidence in themselves, their colleagues and more importantly, their students. A confidence person inspires other to have confidence in themselves too, and a teacher’s confidence in his/her students can help inspire them to be better persons.
Communication is key in any learning activity. Having the ability to communicate with your students, their parents and your colleagues is an important skill. This is because, if you think about it, almost all of a teacher’s day is spent communicating with the students and colleagues, so it is important to be able to put across your points in a clear and concise manner.
Commitment in teaching is not only a traditional teaching skill, but it’s also a modern one. A modern teacher should always be engaged in their profession because the students need to see that their teacher is present and also dedicated to being there for them and this gives them the motivation to work harder in their studies.
Part of being a teacher is also the ability to work together as part of a team or group. When you work together as a group, it gives the students a better chance to learn and have fun while at it. Also, networking with your colleagues and staff, even virtually because of the increasing use of technology today, and solving problems together only leads to success. This skill fosters a sense of community not only in your classroom but the whole school as well.
Leadership and ability to empower
An effective, modern teacher must be a mentor and knows how to guide the students in the right direction. He/she must lead by example and be a good role model. Another quality that comes with the title of a teacher is empowerment. Modern teachers must have the ability to empower students to think critically, be creative, innovative, passionate, adaptable and flexible. Empower them to self-direct, self-reflect, lead and solve problems. They give them all the tools to succeed in school as well as in life after school.
It is said, teaching is a lifelong learning process. There is always something to learn every time you teach since the world is in an ever changing mode along with the curriculum and educational technology, so it is up to you as the teacher to keep up with it. A modern teacher should be willing to that extra mile to learn more, and this will make you an effective and successful teacher.