The ability to stop for a moment, take stock and evaluate what your next move should be is a precious gift that is often seen as a waste of time in today’s world.
Too many organisations say they try too but patently fail and continue doing the wrong things. This is despite the fact they know their processes or objectives are wrong. They fail to change the culture of the organisation or and more importantly the culture of the people and a slow deterioration of outcomes sets in.
The new reality for educators around the UK and the world is that the demands of modern economies are developing far quicker than the teaching profession understands and some would argue accept as fact and a need to stop, evaluate and refocus is needed.
A new model of education must develop in the next ten years
For any developed economy, education will more than ever before define what a countries economic capacity will be and limit its potential to grow. The personal fortunes of its young citizens will not be determined by interest rates but by the interest they have in the best quality education that is provided.
Entrepreneurs and businesses are constantly crying out that the system fails the students, not that the student fails the system.
A step change in how the school system operates inside the classroom is needed.
The new model of education will not be dependent upon a school’s location or necessarily its financial strength, but whether teachers embrace the need for “personalised education” and technologically supported teaching practices.
At EDDi, we see technology as being the enabler for teachers to deliver inspirational, timely and creative content, alongside a new pedagogy, that is based around real time data regarding each individual student.
Insight into real time data will ensure that every teacher is be able to engage in “responsive teaching”, that should be happening in every classroom.
What is “responsive teaching”?
Through tech teachers will no longer have to wait weeks for reports to be created in order to see what a student’s ‘story’ is. From now on data will be instantly recalled on any device and at any time of the day, so that lesson plans will change to reflect the self-reflected feedback from students regarding homework or previous lesson content.
“Responsive teaching” will ensure that no student should be “left behind” or unchallenged when their potential demands that they are.
So it is now the challenge of every teacher to utilise your creative and teaching expertise to build this new reality of “responsive teaching”, that thinkers such as Dylan William espouse. Schools’ and Multi Academy Trusts must engage with companies such as EDDi to explore what is possible and then deliver students with the skills and knowledge that modern economies will continue to demand.
Whilst the culture of some school’s will not change and technology will not be put at the front and centre of teaching practices, the teaching profession will surely find that this new reality for teaching will be based much more around technology and not the undoubted ability of great teachers.
Before virtual, augmented or merged reality, teaching may need a reality check.