“We have moved from “know what” learning to “know where” learning.”
Gone are those days where educators used traditional methods in teaching and students working hard in grasping whatever possible during the lecture. The shift to 21st century paradigm has created a huge impact, where learning happens towards student centered approach. It’s not only about learning, it’s about teaching too! There are skills, which are essential for the students to develop throughout the learning process. Inquiry based learning has created a multi-faceted environment where educators across the world has started to redefine their classroom. Nowadays, learning happens anywhere and anytime.
Life skills or 21st Century skills equip students to thrive in the classroom and in the world beyond. These skills help students to learn and are dynamic to success, in school and beyond. Digital Literacy is mandatory, teaches interdisciplinary skills, collaboration, creativity, communication and Critical thinking skills are established within the pursuit.
Active participation, flexibility, shared responsibility is customary throughout projects. Learning evolves out of the box, exactly beyond the classroom is allowed where real world scenarios are brought into the classroom. Technology plays a vivacious role in developing key 21st-century skills, that will serve them well in a globally competitive, information-based society, such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.
The new era is piloted with a dramatic technological revolution. We now live in an increasingly diverse, globalized, and complex, media-saturated society. Learning is woven with technology and plays an important role in imparting the skills aforementioned. Emerging technology and globalisation also provides unlimited possibilities for new discoveries and explorations. The possibilities of new learning methodologies to be invented are unlimited. 21st century skills bring out life skills that provide a healthy civilization as it develops civic literacy that leads to the development for functional capabilities and also their responsibility towards nation building. The skills such as empathy, self-awareness, decision making, inter-personal relationship etc. are worth to comment.
While referring to the roles and responsibilities of a 21st century teacher, i would easily quotes that it is not an easy one. Sometimes it is very demanding that teachers spend most of their valuable time in preparing lessons. He / She has to play various roles including that of mentor, leader, adaptor, communicator, risk taker etc.
Look at the cartoon image of a 21st century teacher! Eventhough people would dismiss it saying it’s funny, i would say this is the exact state of every teacher of today!
The changes that took place in schools have changed the roles of teachers, too. In the past teachers used to be the major source of knowledge, the leader and educator of their students’ school life. Teachers would organize after-school activities. They used to be the authority in the class and often took over the role of parents. Nowadays, teachers provide information and show their students how to tackle them. Although they are still considered to be a kind of leader in the class, they can be thought of as facilitators in the learning process.