A qualified teacher will be able to apply differentiation strategies and ensure that each student learns at their preferred pace and in their preferred medium.
The simple answer is – 100% yes. Not only are teacher development and student learning linked, but the latter is highly dependent on the former. Student learning, in principle, is the process by which students acquire and retain measurable skills, attitudes, and knowledge.
Since this process often requires the involvement of a teacher to be successful, teacher development is of the utmost importance. Let’s take an example: each student has his own pace and his own way of learning. An unqualified teacher will not be able to identify the different needs of different students to enable maximum learning for each.
A qualified teacher, on the other hand, would know how to apply differentiation strategies and ensure that each student learns at their own pace and on the medium they prefer. A teacher’s influence on students’ learning outcomes and their ability to succeed in school has been carefully documented and well-documented around the world.
Teacher quality matters
A great deal of research shows that the most important factor in student success is the quality of teachers. Even the Coleman report clearly points out that “teacher quality shows a stronger relationship than school facilities and curriculum with student outcomes.”
If we look closely, the quality of teachers is directly related to the intellectual, social, emotional, academic and cognitive growth of teachers. Teachers need to step out of their comfort zone and hone themselves with relevant skills to deliver and meet the challenges of our time. For example, after the pandemic, most schools adopted the blended learning approach, i.e. combining traditional face-to-face teaching with technology. However, for teachers, it is not just about integrating technology into teaching. They must also ensure that students learn on their own beyond the classroom using similar technology.
It goes without saying that student learning is enhanced by better teachers. If we want students to hold high standards, we must be able to ensure that the teachers who work with them hold to equally high standards.
Hand in hand with new age learners
We need to assess the skill level of our teachers to help students adopt and adapt to the new world order and developing technologies.
They need to understand how to give their students access to technology-enabled learning opportunities. Students today conduct their own research, discuss with experts, and produce projects on their own using the Internet. They need to be guided and facilitated by their teacher. Teachers need to learn facilitation skills to help their students think, communicate and participate in the learning process.
They must have the skills to transform static learning spaces into active learning centers, using approaches such as reflective, integrative, flipped, blended and hybrid teaching. With new innovations appearing in education technology every day, teachers must develop their skills simultaneously.
Improved class experiences
As new tools and technologies continue to emerge, learning and adapting are essential. Using technology for content development, content delivery, collaboration, and assessment helps teachers teach more effectively. Access to and knowledge of these technologies helps teachers improve classroom experiences and feel confident in teaching.
It allows them to examine the components of a classroom environment and design lesson plans that maximize student learning and foster greater digital literacy.
For example, over the past two years we have seen an explosion of new educational technologies (EdTech). In a 21st century classroom, teachers need to integrate these technologies, such as online calendars, virtual classrooms, online assessments, and game-based learning. By integrating these technologies into the regular curriculum and ongoing activities, teachers can make learning more fun and collaborative.
Improving skills is therefore crucial for today’s teachers so that they understand when and how the use of current educational technology can help them meet the learning needs of their students in the best possible way. .
We need to focus on having high quality teachers in the classroom – teachers who are constantly improving their skills and therefore always remain relevant to the education system, meeting the needs of today’s students.
Our education policy has placed a strong emphasis on improving teacher skills through CPD and other means of development. It’s time for teachers to step out of their comfort zone and take charge of their own professional development, not just for themselves,