Your Teachers Want to Learn!
Updated: Jan 19, 2018
With an ever changing world we need to work with our teachers to ensure our classes are staying current.
So, as well as working with students, I also do a lot of work with teachers across the country. One trend I am noticing become more and more prominent as innovation becomes more of a prioirty across industries, is that our teachers are keen to learn and bring these innovations into the classroom.
The education system isn’t keeping up with our ever changing world and it is up to us to work with our teachers to ensure our classes are staying current by covering topics we are interested in, using new technologies and making learning engaging again. Now, I totally get that there is nothing worse than when your teacher pulls out the textbook and begins to read, and your teachers are starting to get that too, but they need your help.
"The education system isn’t keeping up with our ever changing world and it is up to us to work with our teachers to ensure our classes are staying current."
Talk to them about new technologies you see popping up. Talk to them about your ideas for the class. Tell them what you want to learn about. Work with them to make learning great again!
Now I’m not saying to tell them you want to play games all lesson, (remember, if you wanted to be treated like an adult, act like an adult, be mature about it), but instead try and find ways new technologies can be bought into the classroom to make learning more engaging. Be it holograms of historical figures talking about their lives in history, doing mental math quizzes using artificial intelligence in maths, or learning to program robots in tech, your teachers would love to hear these ideas.
"Find ways new technologies can be bought into the classroom to make learning more engaging."
How it can work
I was recently running some of our tech workshops with some students in North Queensland and I was getting them to brainstorm ideas of how these technologies could be used in their classes. Their ideas were epic!
That afternoon, after working with the students, I then had a professional development workshop with the teachers. I got the teachers to do the same task as their students, I wanted to see what ideas they came up with. Their responses were fantastic, they were excited, they were eager and they had ideas! What was even better was when they were shown the ideas their students had. The teachers were blown away with the students ideas and how they aligned with the teachers thoughts and were really eager to implement the ideas into their classes.
This is just a small example of how keen teachers are to learn and how you can work with them to develop programs that are relevant to you. There is no reason why you can’t take charge of your learning and to help your teachers develop something you want to learn about.
To all the teachers out there, who may be reading this, please listen to your students. You’d be surprised their response when you give them the responsibility.
As always, stay awesome people,