Education is synonymous with evolution. However, education itself is an evolving phenomenon. With the advent of technology and varying demands from the workforce, it is only obvious that classroom learning too will have to change to adopt such modern trends.
As teachers, it becomes paramount to ensure that your classroom is equipped for this evolution. After all, a classroom is only as good as the student.
To stay in sync with these rapid changes, people have come up with trends that could be implemented to upgrade your classrooms. The list though can be overwhelming for a teacher. Fret not!
We have you covered with the following list of worthy modern education trends.
Modern Trends for Classroom Learning:
1. Collaborative learning
This is also called co-operative or team teaching. It makes things easier for classroom teachers to be both innovative and interactive. This trend is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years.
It involves educators working in tandem to lead, instruct and mentor groups of students.
To be effective, the art of co-operative teaching typically requires thoughtful consideration on the part of educators. Therefore, teachers should set aside time for developing lessons and deciding on appropriate learning approaches to use with specific students or groups.
Collaborative teachers need to bring their most exceptional strengths and practices to the team while remaining flexible to adapt to alternative methodologies that can benefit student learning. In this way, teachers continue growing in their professional skills and students gain understanding from a variety of instructional approaches.
Team teachers must also present a united front so that students perceive each as being of similar importance in knowledge and authority, consequently leading to more civil learning environments.
2. Blended or Hybrid learning
This is a trend of learning wherein online learning aids and web-based interaction is actively used in the classroom. From Google Docs to interactive whiteboards and IoT applications, technology has paved its way into the classroom. The focus is to explore the reasoning behind every lesson imparted.
As Harry Wong said, “In an effective classroom, students should not only know what they are doing. They should also know why and how.” This approach, also called mixed-mode learning, ensures that new engagement opportunities are introduced for students.
The tricky part here, for educators to note, is that the transition from face-to-face learning to fully online learning can be taxing on students. Teachers should establish a fine balance between the two. The mode of delivery that compliments the learning objective must be employed in the learning scheme. Students, in turn, will get massive exposure to how technology can be integrated into daily life.
3. Experiential Learning:
Imagine if all the theoretical lessons in a textbook were swapped for a series of activities or experiments that drive home the same concept! This is the crux of experiential learning.
It is a series of hands-on experiences of concepts, aimed at exercising critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
One could also make sense of it as repeated cycles involving experience, reflection, conceptualization, and experimentation in any order.
“For the things, we have to learn: before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”Aristotle
Experiencing theoretical concepts through real-world simulations of the same can actually be an alternative method of improving engagement of students in their academics.
Improved interest levels will only result in a better grasp of the concepts at hand. Creativity can be infused into this to bring in a ‘fun’ element to regular classroom learning.
At ThinkTac, we believe in the power of experiential and tactile learning. We have a set of TACtivities that bridge the gap between play and work, involving real-time activities that enforce regular academic concepts.
The end-goal for any educator is the same – to dispense the best set of skills suited to help propel their students to greater heights. New challenges require new approaches and the above list is a set of ideas worth giving a shot.