This is the second in a series of three blogs. Futurists tell us that this present generation of children is “entering a world of unprecedented complexity”. Our world will experience more ‘change’ over the next 15 years*, in comparison to what collectively has happened over the entire course of human history. Therefore, what this world might look like in ten or twenty years’ time, is very much anyone’s guess. What are the skillsets, mindsets, and dispositions that us teachers must have, if we are to equip children and young people for workplace readiness and success in their learning and for life in general?
If you regard yourself as a 21st Century Professional Teacher, it is important to challenge many assumptions to ensure that your students are given the opportunity to learn all that they really need to learn, if they are to be prepared for the future.
Perhaps a starting point is to ask yourself the following questions:
Do I believe in, and work towards respect, tolerance, equality and inclusion?
Do I speak words of hope, forgiveness, belief and possibility?
Is my work ‘child and learner centred’? When my work is tough, am I prepared to be the one who cares for my students, who shares a sandwich, makes breakfast for the child whose life is tough, make time to listen, be patient, coach, model high standards and personal dispositions and qualities, be kind and do what I can to ensure that my students have a happy childhood, thrive …and smile.
Why am I a teacher?
Sometimes we have to answer some difficult questions. It’s a tough job, and a high calling, but don’t children deserve the very best in this very uncertain world that they are growing up in.
Most of us have a very clear recollection of the impact that significant teachers had on their lives. Sadly, most of us remember the bad teachers as well as the best ones.
How will your students remember and speak of you?
* Gus Schmedlen, Vice President, Worldwide Education Industry Organisation Solutions, hp.com
The gadgets our students are using - where are the pencil cases, rulers and erasers?