The role of a teacher has always been a noble one. When you have the authority to mold the students’ knowledge and system of beliefs, you have a great responsibility, too. You teach them not only through the lessons of the curriculum, but through your own behavior as well.
There is a Bible verse that clearly shows the importance of teaching: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
The role of leading by example and authority never changes. The teacher serves as a model for proper behavior. But there are some aspects of teaching that are different than what they used to be. Technology has changed many things and modern education is not an exception.
Is the Role of Teacher in Modern Education System Still Important?
Yes, it’s still important. In fact, in an era when technology is being infused in all aspects of our lives, it’s even more important for teachers to guide their students through the educational process. We need to prepare them to be grownups in the 21st Century, which will impose all kinds of distractions.
Teachers should encourage the development of few important skills in their students:
What you see online is not always truthful. Students must learn to make a distinction between valid proof, someone’s personal opinions, beliefs, and complete lies.
This skill is especially important when they start researching about faith. They will find all kinds of sources online, which are not always believable. You want the students to make a distinction between authoritative and non-authoritative sources of information. You want them to think and find faith with their own free will. As a teacher, your role is to guide.
Some teachers don’t like using online tools in class. They are afraid that if students start using social media and other tools too early, they will get under the influence of the usual online communication, which can be tough.
On the Internet, people feel at ease to be rude. They can’t pay attention to non-verbal hints and the tone of communication. They don’t know much about the background of the person, so they don’t know where their comments come from. That’s why they often comment in a very negative way.
The educator has an important role to teach the students about online communication etiquette. It’s important for them to use online tools in the classroom, so the students will get used to the useful sides of the Internet before falling into the whirl of social media.
Academic projects have always been challenging. Throughout all educational levels, students are prompted to turn to an editing or an essay editing service when they get stuck. Through collaborative tools, the students can connect outside the classroom and work on these projects together.
Padlet is one of the safest collaborative tools you can suggest them to use. The teams of students can join forces to create documents and boards. As a teacher, you can monitor this process and offer assistance when necessary.
The classroom is no longer a closed system. Your students can connect with classrooms from the entire world. They can see how the students in African and European classrooms learn. They can share experiences and get to know each other.
Through international collaboration, the students learn that all people are truly equal.
Is Traditional Teaching No Longer Effective?
Of course it’s effective, and it’s more important than ever.
The main role of an educator is to prepare their students to live successful lives in the future. The process of transferring knowledge is the most important part of that effort. Teachers are still needed to offer instructions on all kinds of subjects. In addition, they offer priceless lifestyle tips that help the students form strong and kind characters.
All tech tools and apps serve as support to the teaching process. They can never replace a real educator in the classroom. Online education is possible, but it is still guided by real teachers. Without them, the educational system would fail.
The traditional approach of the teacher being an authority just because they know more than the students is gone. In this day and age, the teachers aim to gain respect not because they are in a position to demand it, but because they genuinely want to understand the students and help them grow.
They should encourage the students to think creatively and critically, and they should show them how to use online tools in a safe and distraction-free environment.
In a modern learning organization, the teacher still plays an important role. They choose various tools to use in the classroom, but it’s not technology that directs the teaching and learning processes. It’s the educator.
Elizabeth Skinner has been into educational technology for five years. She’s taken more online courses than she can count. Elizabeth shares her experience with EdTech through her blog and guest posts.