Each year, students, study methods, and technology bring changes to how students learn. Teachers are among some of the most diverse and transitional professionals on the planet. Each year, they must adapt to new ideas and new teaching methods that have been shown to be more effective than those they tried a year or two before.
The changes that occur also impact students and what is expected of them in the classroom and at home. The more successful students are in their elementary and high school studies, the more likely they are to excel in college. Some current trends that will help teachers prepare students for a more successful college and work experience include:
Real World Learning
After decades of “teaching to the test”, educators are re-discovering the value of teaching through real-life experiences instead of focusing on the information presented in books. One part of this approach is providing students with shadowing or intern programs that give them real insight into what it’s like to be in a professional role that they are considering pursuing. In many cases, they learn that the reality is much different than they imagined. For those who retain their infatuation with a career choice, it can help point them in different directions of learning that could complement the requirements of their education.
The New Role of Teachers as Guides
Instead of providing students with step-by-step instructions, teachers are taking on the role of a guide or mentor who supervises the activities of students and provides assistance only when it is needed. This approach gives students more opportunities for creativity and problem-solving while giving teachers more information about the strengths and weaknesses of each student.
Educators have known for a long time that students differ in the way they learn and the role they naturally take when working on projects with others. A new realistic approach to studying gives all types of students the opportunity to develop their skills and learn more about what it is they enjoy and the types of contributions they can make to their learning and to the community.