Teaching and learning in the industrial age can be categorised as listening, watching, and remembering. As a 21st century teacher our job is to extend the students listening, watching and memory skills. We must aid the students to think laterally. Networking possibilities have expanded with the emergence of new technologies. To be effective in the classroom, we must be a leader and role model and be able to adapt, communicate, collaborate and take risks.
Influences on Elementary and Middle Schools Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky Influences on Elementary and Middle Schools Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky The influence of academic researchers, Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, has heavily influenced both the elementary and middle schools of the 21st Century. Both theorists have contributed to the field of education by offering their distinct explanations for children’s cognitive learning styles and capabilities. We can find their influence not only in classroom teaching styles and curricula and pedagogy, but also in the design of school buildings. Every experience and interaction has an impact on early development and this is especially important in the classroom environment where interactions establish cognitive base. This is known as the cognitive development theory, as children actively construct knowledge as they manipulate and explore their world.
Drawing on a range of perspectives, discuss the nature and importance of Subject Knowledge as it applies to teaching. Provide a rationale for any challenges that you may face in developing the appropriate subject knowledge to teach the Foundation Subjects at Key Stage 1. Identify and discuss the strategies, which you will use to overcome these, prior to your school experience. The role of the modern practitioner involves delivering knowledge to learners through diverse and inquisitive activities that, naturally, ensure progression. In order to achieve this, teachers of the 21st century can no longer rely heavily on textbooks or spoon-feeding pupils with facts and figures for memorisation.
Creativity is essential in engaging learners; how can ICT serve to enhance learners and teachers approaches to learning in the 21st century classroom and other connected learning spaces. Creativity is essential in engaging learners. People perceive creativity as being imaginative or artistic and using these qualities to make something out of it. But creativity can also be seen as simply asking yourself ‘how can I use this tool to do that?’ For example how can I use information communication technology to enhance a child’s learning experiences .Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, for example originality, progressiveness, or imagination. Isn’t that what Information Communication Technology can do?
The authors discussed many strategies that leadership could use to turn a school around, mostly about changing the culture in the school such as using school’s symbols, history, vision and values, stories, rituals and traditions. Used successfully, a leader can “create a cohesive, meaningful, nurturing social milieu for teachers to teach and students to learn” (Deal and Peterson, page 15). Additionally, Deal and Peterson describe how school leaders can transform negative and toxic cultures into positive and nurturing cultures which benefits both staff and students.
The main objective of education is to assist learners in their learning process. Each learner is different from others in a way that they require diversity in instructional methods. Over the years, educators experienced various priorities as new educational theories are emerging. Researchers and transformers have come up with several studies on education with latest findings for improving the pedagogical approaches of learning. There are several theories of diversity in education, however, three main theories based on historical events and problems faced by educators and learners are cultural deficit theory, cultural difference theory and cultural ecological theory (Bolima, 2010).
The manifest function of education is teaching basic knowledge and skills. Students are taught to read, speak various dialects; and automobile repair. The latent function of education transmits culture, promote social and political integration, maintain social control, and acts as a driving force of change. Over the years, the school restructuring movement tried to promote the fundamental transformation
Throughout the essay it will examine how these factors have affected the role of the teacher. Whilst discussing these factors it will underline the practical implications of the Every Child Matters Agenda, workforce remodelling, extended schools and The White Paper. To help me widen my understanding of the changing role of the teacher today this essay will also think about other perspectives in relation to my own. Then concluding the essay with closing points on how the role of the teacher has changed over the years and what factors have made this happen. The current role of the teacher The role of the teacher has to meet the needs and demands of today’s culture.
Ideally, the capacity for critical reflection helps students to develop higher-order thinking skills so that they can think at an abstract level while making connections from theory to practice. It increases the likelihood that students will continue to grow as educators and be open to change. Since the world of educational practice is often more challenging than novice educators anticipate, they can foster skills, attitudes, and flexibility to adapt to unanticipated situations. Critically reflective educators can consider their role in fostering democratic opportunities for learning and dialogical strategies for resolving conflict to develop an engaged citizenry. They are encouraged to develop a social justice orientation to create more inclusive learning environments for students from diverse backgrounds.
Owen, Grant, Sayers & Facer, (2006) argued that in the higher education area, there are shifts in the views of what education is for. Nowadays with a growing emphasis on acquisition of knowledge and information, and development of the skills and resources necessary to engage with social and technological changes, we are witnessing the rapid expansion and proliferation of technologies.Greene, (2012) stated that, rapid changes in technology made learners teachers to immerse themselves in the new technology and look for opportunities to apply the technology in the classroom.These technologies are focused on creating communities in which people come together to collaborate, learn and build knowledge (McLoughlin &Lee, 2007). Rahimi, &, Asadollahi,