There is a general idea of a classroom setup. There are teachers and students. Teachers are the ones imparting knowledge to students, guiding them in every step of the way to help prepare them in the future. But lifelong learning poses a challenge to every individual to continuously learn. Yes, even teachers. But why should teachers be learners too?
There is a plethora of reasons as to why everyone, even teachers, need to become lifelong learners. But the root of all these may stem out from just one word: change. I remember my mom would always tell me that back in her student days, research meant going to various libraries and flipping through piles of books just to get the best answers to their questions. And it doesn’t end there. They still need to use the typewriter—without the helpful undo button or backspace when they commit mistakes—to compile and present their research.
When I worked on my undergraduate thesis, my laptop sufficed to help me with my work. With a few clicks, I was able to search for answers through the search engines. Academic papers are also available online for my perusal. Word processing systems are also readily available to use where I could write and edit all my paperwork conveniently.
Notice that big change in how students worked on their schoolwork. There are several studies comparing the various generations. They differ in attitudes, motivations, and even study habits. Everything is constantly changing. From technological advancements, curriculum, down to the behavior of students.
The passing of time leaves various changes in how we work and interact with one another. Professionals in every industry would notice the differences among workers belonging in different age groups. While a generation x value the length of their stay in a company—whether or not they love what they are doing—millennials, on the other hand, would prefer passion over a longer tenure in a company.
This being said, the schools, too, must keep up with the changing attitude of learners. What might be effective in the early 2000s may not work today. That is why there is a constant call for every educator to innovate and fine-tune their teaching strategies to meet the standards of 21st-century learning.
There is a myriad of training and seminars offered to professionals to equip them with useful know-hows on how to improve their work and deal better with colleagues and subordinates. For professional teachers, there are conferences, summits, and training that could help them familiarize themselves with the ever-changing curriculum, build a stronger teacher-student relationships, cater to the growing needs of the 21st-century learners, and improve their teaching practices.
However, the challenge here is: how would a professional be able to balance his/her time for his/her career, family life, and the call for continuous learning? There are a lot of online courses that offer up-to-date modules that help professionals learn at their own pace.
V-Smart Courseware is an online platform that offers PRC-accredited courses for licensed professional teachers. With experts in the field as speakers, teachers will be equipped with lessons that help them grow professionally. Each course contains modules, videos, and assessments that provide teachers with CPD units.