The role of educators has changed radically since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. With the evolving needs of the education system, teachers must now become flexible learners, inspiring role models and engaged educators.
NEP 2020 has already mandated 50 hours per faculty per faculty to follow a 50-hour continuous training program.
Upskilling in the form of workshops and tutorials for teachers will increase their productivity, help them adapt to the modern classroom in online and offline formats, and enable them to understand a student’s mind to deliver more impactful learning outcomes.
According to a survey by FICCI and EY, 87 percent of educators prefer moving to blended learning (in person and online) and 47 percent of educators found it difficult to move to virtual teaching methods. Continuing professional development programs can help bring cognitive psychology, behavioral skills, instructional design, skills-based pedagogy, and leadership presence together for better learning outcomes.
RISE OF PROJECT-BASED AND INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING
As interdisciplinary education and project-based learning have become the prerequisites for learning pedagogy, it has strengthened the teacher’s role in developing the 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning – creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
Through project-based learning, a teacher exposes students to a wide range of modern skills and enables students to engage with the curriculum in an engaging, authentic, and fun way.
To deliver such an effective learning pedagogy, we cannot continue to work with traditional teaching methods. Teachers must be able to adapt to physical, digital and mixed learning forms.
Only when teachers are skilled enough to address the New Age demands can they identify students’ talents and encourage them to work for a better future. A skilled faculty member also improves students’ confidence and skills through regular assignments and interventions.
FLOATING SKILLS: BETTER TEACHER PRESENCE
Thrive Skills, or fundamental life skills, are a set of social, cognitive and behavioral skills that are essential for professional and personal development. With the changing dynamics in the education sector and the ever-changing business environment, it is important to help teachers develop these skills that can make it easier for them to adapt to change, build resilience and develop empathy for students .
- Social and emotional skills
Leading scientists in the field of social-emotional learning, Patricia Jennings and Mark Greenberg, argue that teachers with social-emotional competences (SEC) are less likely to experience burnout.
This is because it equips them to deal with challenging students. Rather than resorting to punitive measures for such students, teachers with developed social and emotional skills will identify their students’ emotions and delve deeply into the root cause of such behavior. The teacher analyzes the student’s situation with compassion.
Teacher behavior is an important factor when it comes to ensuring quality education. The way a teacher behaves directly influences the interaction with students, parents, colleagues and the personnel administration.
In fact, students’ desire to attend school and achieve better learning outcomes can also be influenced by the way a teacher behaves and leads the class. Mastering behavioral skills will enable teachers to build trust, actively listen to what students have to say, empathize and build strong relationships with students.
If a teacher possesses cognitive skills, they gain a better understanding of the students’ thought processes. They can also tailor their teaching strategies to the cognitive level of their students. These skills can help teachers build an impactful presence, become powerful storytellers, and apply results-oriented pedagogical frameworks for robust student learning.
In the age of technology, when students are already exposed to a wealth of information on the Internet, it is critical that teachers go beyond the classroom and be mentors and confidants.
Upskilling teachers so that they can easily adapt to physical, digital and blended instruction can be done through courses on topics such as self-reliance, attendance building, effective speaking and active listening.
Through such courses, faculty members can enhance the teaching experience by designing collaborative exercises and peer assessments that are beneficial in evaluating students and encouraging greater participation from them.
Shreyasi Singh, Co-Founder and CEO, Harappa.
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