Time flies and in the blink of an eye, in the coming decade, we’ll be looking at electronic textbooks, tech-loaded classrooms and creative students who understand the process of learning and improvising. All of this will be made possible by believing in the concept of next-generation teaching. From a younger age, children are sent to school for a valuable transformation into an educated and skilled adult. Lately, the stress of introducing the quality education in the form of practical exercises, problem-solving cases, and project making has led to the initiation of an innovative style of teaching. This teaching style under the roof of ‘next-generation teaching’can make the school and university tuition an exciting adventure ensuring that the interest and concentration of the students remain intact.
As teachers and professors, here are the eight best practices that you can adapt in order to bring a change in the teaching style. These ways positively influence the educational outcomes as well as benefitting both the teachers and the students.
- Focus largely on increasing classroom engagement
The first way to foster the next-gen teaching style is to develop and support a culture where students are free to indulge in both curricular and co-curricular activities. Moreover, interactive programs must be held in the classroom where students actively take part in answering the questions and contributing their opinions. The key rule which you need to apply here is the increment of classroom engagement. This way, different ideas of the students and their unique approaches to the puzzle come forward. A tech named interactive response systems helps the students interact simultaneously. It saves the analytic data which portrays the student engagement and the topics in which they struggle. The market research store reports the high usage of this technology and that by 2019 the tech is going to flourish at a compound annual growth rate of 24.7%.
- Enhance digital literacy practices
What is digital literacy? Before looking into how it helps in next-gen university tuition, let’s see what it is. The digital literacy is a tech trend of the future that indulges you in finding, evaluating, creating and sharing the content with the help of the information technologies and the Internet. The students of today spend more than half of their days using the smart technologies or the internet. It is something that keeps their interest intact. This is why, the teachers are advised to collect and create presentation and lectures using the latest software, internet, and the multimedia tools. The more visually stimulating the content is, the more it keeps your audience engaged.
- Bring tech infrastructure in schools to empower the teachers
In order to experience an advanced teaching style, there is a dire need to introduce the next-generation classrooms. Thus, bringing better, advanced, smart and adaptive tech into the classroom helps in advancing the study style. Work in order to equip the classroom with projector screens, laptops, electronic textbooks, live video lectures, and conference study and give them access to the internet for research and study purposes. This provides a competitive environment to both the teachers and the students and they struggle to win in their tasks.
- Mobility-enhanced personalized and balanced education
The most thrilling idea that we need to cultivate in order to achieve the next-generation teaching standards is to support and promote the mobility enhanced personalized education. This requires efforts from both the teacher and the student. The mobility enhanced approach allows the teachers and students to explore, learn and create rather than simply cramming the textbook material. The students are engaged in different activities and this promotes the qualities of critical thinking and troubleshooting in the student.
Moreover, the concept of balanced education needs to be understood by the teachers. The students cannot study all day all night. Thus, they need to understand the value of relationships, well-being of each other, responsibility and focus on social and emotional skills, and compassion and empathy. A curriculum and teaching style full of such lessons is what the next-gen needs.
- Bring online student’s education evaluation portfolios to life
Teaching not only involves the delivery of the lectures and lessons but it also includes the evaluation of the student. The evaluation is what tells the student how far has he come in the process of learning and what academic achievements has he made. Thus, improving the student’s evaluation system helps is another practice that helps the teaching process. The teachers can now make the evaluation reports and portfolios online and work on them with ease.
- Indulge the students in projects and problem-solving cases
The best practice number six to improve the teaching style in the future is to bring models and projects into the picture. Make groups and ask the students to work on different projects. Giving them a challenging task sets their brain into motion and requires research and problem-solving approach. In this way, the students are eager to learn more and more with a creative and competitive spirit.
- Introduce diverse learning styles for the students
On one hand we have the school-based learning which is done within the class and with the face-to-face approach and on the other hand is the online learning via lectures/ videos/ and through conference lectures. By blending both of these together, we can introduce diverse ways of learning and allow the students to pick the style they find themselves comfortable in. Their schedules can be made by keeping in consideration their ease and they can be taught using different methods.
- Offer incentives to those students who finish their work early
Last but not the least, this method works best for young students but adults are equally excited when they hear about getting incentives on finishing the work early. This instills in the students the motivation to finish early to get their reward. The reward can be an additional fun exercise, online video learning, a creative project, or any other thing that promotes tech learning.
These are the eight different ways through which you can make the dream of ‘next-generation teaching’ come true.
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