Answering 8 essential questions about education

Recently I was nominated as one of the 100 most influential educators in the world by HundrED to help improve education around the world by sharing innovations, ideas and insights.

I was interviewed in London to share my thoughts and beliefs about eight essential questions on education.

The article is here from the HundrED website: https://hundred.org/en/articles/ingvi-omarsson-explains-why-every-teacher-should-be-a-lead-learner?ref=rns_tw

Here are the questions and the transcript of my answers:

1. Do you feel that the current way we are educating children fully prepares them for the needs of the 21st century? 

First of all we need to look at the skills for the 21st century and a lot of reports have come out talking about the 4 Cs, which are communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creative thinking. Some people have added 2 more – citizenship and character – and I think those are skills we should definitely work on.

I really dislike when people say we should teach ‘basics’, meaning reading, writing and arithmetic – like that’s what school is about, like that’s what learning is about – it’s not! I think we should really focus on how we can co-exist and how we can actively make the world better for everyone.

We should be preparing students to be active and critical citizens and in a democracy, who can truly listen to other people’s points of view and act accordingly and empathize and discuss and deal with issues critically. I think that’s a really important issue.

I think also  in the past there was a big focus on secreterial skills and nowadays what we’re preparing our kids for is more CEO skills. I know Abdul Chohan has talked about that at great lengths. CEO skills – if you see a good leader, what quality does that leader possess? The ablility to think and innovate and speak and fail – not afraid to do that – and empower others, have vision, know how to communicate their message and collaborate with others – collaborate with people who are different than you, hear different points of view and show true character through adversity. I think that’s one of the main things we need to be focusing on.

I think education as well should be more about creating real, meaningful work that matters to the community as a whole, because a lot of times in schools we have students do projects for us and they are not shown to anyone and if students are doing projects for you, they want them to be good enough. But if they’re doing it for the world and they’re showing their skills and people can find their work,  not all of it but some of it, they want it to be good, they want it to be really good. So, that’s a big difference.

The basics, what we should be looking at, if basics are what we’re talking about – is arts and music and dance and all of those creative things that work and tie so closely in with the 4 Cs as well.

I think how we are preparing, that’s a big question and that varies a lot between what people are doing and I think it should, in a way. Assessment and standardization requires us and wants us to do the same thing for everyone, exactly the same thing, but what we really need is different types of skills and then the ability to collaborate with each other. So, I don’t have to be decent at everything, it’s alright to be bad at some things. I’m terrible at some things but I know people who are better than me in a lot of ways, so I find those people and I find a way to work with them, so that’s how we do great stuff.

So, are we preparing them? We’re on the right track, I think, as long as we keep this conversation alive and we ask people about where the future’s heading and what we should do.

2. What is the role of the teacher? 

First of all, we have to pay teachers well. We have to respect them and we have to trust them – that’s the first thing. When we do that, we’ll have great teachers and more great teachers. People need to respect teachers and see them for the creative professionals they are. It’s a creative profession, if we don’t standardize it too much – if we give them the freedom and the trust to do it then they can do amazing things.

I think the role of the teacher is also being the lead learner, leading and showing students what it is to learn and than learning never stops. It’s not a 40 minute session you can just do, its a lifelong process.

So, I do it sometimes – I go to the library at school and rarely I find adults there. If I go to schools across the country, in Iceland for instance, I rarely see adults, except the ones that are working there and making sure it’s quiet, rarely do you see adults learning there – using the skills and finding stuff to learn about and sharing it with others. We rarely see that. We keep asking kids to go there and do that but we don’t do it ourselves. Sometimes when I go to the library to read or learn, people ask me “Are you not feeling too well? Why are you in here?!” So I think being a lead learner is really important for us.

Teachers should collaborate but it’s also up to the systems and the schools to give them a chance to collaborate. You can break down the physical walls between classrooms, you can have teachers co-teach so there’s more than one teacher in the classroom, which means they are learning from each other as well, so they don’t get isolated.

As Tony Wagner once said, isolation is the enemy of improvement. I think we have to collaborate, both within our school and between schools and between countries, which is exactly what this project is about. Sharing what best practice is, sharing what works. So, I think [teachers are] lead learners, that’s the main thing – showing students what it is to learn and that it never ends.

3. What do you feel the most exciting or effective learning environment would be?

Well, we need different kinds of environments, we need different kinds of spaces for different kinds of learning and a school doesn’t have to be the place you go for learning necessarily, it could be a certain type of learning. You need places where you can work alone, where you can collaborate and share what you do. In a school, if there’s a forest around it, that would be great, but it’s no use if you don’t use it.

When we’re designing a school and talking about the physical space of the school, the environment of it, that should reflect what it is we want to do, what we want to achieve. Are we going to set it up for creativity? Or do we want to focus on memorization? Do we want to focus on collaboration, so we build spaces for that, or do we want isolation and competition? Do we want technology or not? Do we want communication between learners or do we want that transfer of knowledge from one person to the group. So we have to design our physical spaces with our need and the future in mind and have the workspaces be student centred.

We need to collaborate and there’s two ways most classrooms are isolated. They can have closed doors, the drapes are shut and nobody gets in or out until the class is over, the learning is constrained within those four walls. It can also be isolated from the outside, be it the internet, the knowledge out there and the experts from the outside.

I think the best environments, the best schools, use technology in a way in which it’s almost invisible – it’s just a tool, it’s not the focus. I think a great environment in schools should be encouraging for students to create and collaborate, think critically and creatively and we should build the curriculum for that, help students do that.

There are children suffering because of testing and because of the immense testing we are seeing and it’s happening all over and there’s less joy and there’s less engagement. We see that in schools and we’ve seen the curriculum begin to narrow and I say if Iceland, my home country, ever reached the top of PISA we’ve failed our students.

Stephen Mintz, for instance, he mentions in his book, The Prime of Life, he says by almost every measure kids are better off today; crime rates are down, smoking is down, grades are up, graduation rates are up, they are up by almost every measure except the ones that really matter – so we have depression starting at a much lower age, we have kids showing signs of stress, debilitating stress, children showing signs of trouble with interpersonal relationships and suicide rates are up.

So, basically he says in his book you can be better off in the ways we can easily count and still be worse off in the ways that truly matter. So I think we need to create an environment in schools that allow kids to flourish and create and be their natural self.

4. Do you think standardized testing is the most effective way to judge learning? 

No, I do not, but it depends on what you want. If you want to test memorization, if you want to test reading, handwriting and the standard modes of reading – sure, it works. If you want to test isolation and if you want to test if they give up or not, if they quit, then yeah. But as a way for us to move forward? No, definitely not.

The tests should be personal, they should be used by teachers and in my opinions made by the teachers to guide them, not done by systems for systems. People aren’t going to ask in the future, and even now they don’t ask, “show me your degrees.” It’s what have you done with others and where can we find that?

I’m all for kids going to university, I think that’s a great thing and if that’s what they want at this moment but I think memorization and facts, which most standardized tests are like, is not the way forward for us. It should be about solving problems, real problems, that they find themselves – creatively, critically, collaboratively and if they can do that then we’re on a good track I think. The focus in assessment in my opinion should be on empathy, creative thinking and communication.

5. What role do you think government should play in education?

The government politicians and policy makers should make sure that all students get equal opportunities regardless of their background, that’s the main thing.

That’s a very important task now because what happens in competition all the time is there’s a winner and a loser, in education we can’t have a loser. We can’t have someone on the losing end and that’s what it creates, competition creates two nations or two communities or even more divides us up and what it does as well is if we’re competing we don’t share. We don’t share what’s best, what’s working, because why should I work with you if we’re in a competition?

Even within a school, teachers are competing, I would not want to work in that environment! Especially in education. So, I think those are the main roles of politicians and government to make sure everyone gets an equal opportunity.

6. In your experience, can an innovation that works in one place, work in another?

Not always, no, because innovations most often are driven by people, ground up, so you can’t always just put things top down to someone and say do this because there’s a lot that goes into that. You need the right people, with the right mind-set, willing to fail – I don’t think it works if you just grab something and don’t make it your own. You have to collaborate and learn from other people.

But we can try and share what works best and people can learn. But if you don’t have the right environment and the right setting you need to work on that first, before you can build on that you need to work on the ground first. It’s not as easy as many people think, innovations are hard, they’re not easy.

7. What was your favourite moment or experience in your own education?

“Was” implies that it ended and it hasn’t ended really- it’s ongoing, but so far, I would say the school play every year, that was my favorite memory, collaborating with everyone and putting it all together. And also as a teacher, that’s my favorite – seeing the whole class flourish on stage and working together.

My favorite teacher was my teacher from 1st to 3rd grade because of the connections and how she made us feel. I don’t remember anything she taught me, she taught me to read, probably, but it was that feeling, that environment she created, that you never forget.

8. The next 100 years of education should… 

…be about making us more human, helping us treat others better, treat ourselves better, support our kids to develop ethics and values and help children to find their passion and purpose and lead them to live a good life. I think that’s what the next 100 years should be about.

Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson

Creator | Educator | Designer | Everything I produce is work in progress | Stanford Alumni in Learning, Design & Technology Twitter: @IngviOmarsson / @IngviHrannar

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  • Essential questions get students engaged in the kind of thinking it takes to truly understand a subject. They help students see the connection between content standards and important questions through inquiry and thoughtful conversation. That means students learn more than just the subject matter but why it’s relevant, too.

    Let’s take a look at another example essential question: Can the things you eat and drink prevent pimples?

    When students dive into finding the answer, they might begin exploring the importance of healthy eating or how what you eat can affect your body.

  • Non-essential questions still play a role in every day of education. They supplement the learning process driven by essential questions and help when demonstration-based learning is required – i.e tests and evaluations.

  • Your goal is to drive Socratic discussion and long-term foundational learning.

    Focus on the arch of the story you are trying to frame and how/why the question fits into the larger unit and curriculum development plan.

  • Essential Questions (often called EQs) are deep, fundamental and often not easy-to-answer questions used to guide students’ learning. Essential Questions stimulate thought, provoke inquiry, and transform instruction as a whole. Essential Questions often begin with, “Why,” “How” or “To What Extent” but may sometimes begin with other question stems. Essential Questions may spur inquiry into abstract thought or may guide students to relate their learning to the real world

  • Elementary school teachers contribute tremendously to student development. A child’s experiences in their formative years shape them into the person they will become and teachers help in no small way to discover who that will be. Because teachers are such a big part of their students’ lives, many develop almost parental relationships with them.

    Due to the sheer amount of time that school is in session, teachers are tasked with being positive role models and mentors to their students every day. Students learn so much more than math, language arts, and social studies from their teachers—they learn social skills like how to be kind to others and make friends, when to ask for help or be independent, how to distinguish between right and wrong, and other life lessons that parents tend to echo. In many cases, students learn these things from teachers first.

  • In particular, it is the responsibility of a Federal Government to study such educational developments in other countries as are likely to be of help in developing education at home. The coordinating function of a Federal Government was also recognised during this period.

  • Selection of teachers strictly based on aptitude, subject knowledge, moderate temperament and dedication and to monitor their teaching skills periodically to identify deficiencies, if any, for corrective action.

  • Sharing knowledge, giving education, and teaching about life is the primary responsibility of a teacher. In general, teachers mean to teach students the specific syllabus and impart knowledge about the specific curriculum. Their duty is to make sure that students understand what is being taught to them in the classroom or in online teaching or in e-learning setup.

    All other roles of an educator are derived from this primary role of a teacher. This role gives birth to other roles. Teachers must fulfill this basic duty. Otherwise, they won’t be able to fulfill other duties.

  • The authoritative role that a teacher plays can be in two ways, high authority, high involvement, and high authority low involvement. If a teacher is authoritative and controlling it does not mean that there’s no scope of growth for students.

    These teachers would have their ways and norms but if they are highly involved, they would work for the betterment of the students, encourage hard work, and would be open to questions and queries.

  • Due to the sheer amount of time that school is in session, teachers are tasked with being positive role models and mentors to their students every day. Students learn so much more than math, language arts, and social studies from their teachers—they learn social skills like how to be kind to others and make friends, when to ask for help or be independent, how to distinguish between right and wrong, and other life lessons that parents tend to echo. In many cases, students learn these things from teachers first.

  • Teachers educate the candidates on unique qualities like fellow feeling, brotherhood, kindness, and simplicity. Teachers never collide with the same type of students everywhere, rather the types are varied. Today they can meet someone with high ambition and readily give them suitable advice. The real challenge is meeting aimless individuals with zero seriousness and influencing them to become a better version of themselves. So a teacher’s duty isn’t restricted to attending lectures and sending notes. It is something beyond it and has a vital significance in their student’s life.

  • Its not always the “good” students that teachers cross paths with. Rather there are many aimless pupils too who are careless about life and least bothered about academics. A brilliant teacher is equally compassionate to them and helps them change for the better. They even encourage students to be full of spirit during their lows and these are responsible to change the lives of the students for the better.

  • A delegator, as the name suggests is someone who delegates responsibilities and just overviews the overall functioning of the classroom. They are neither highly involved nor show less involvement. They give the students ownership and are mostly seen when learning occurs through group activities and classroom discussions. This is best suited for subjects that require group activities. Chemistry, physics, and in the sort of subjects that require lab activities, the teacher often assumes the role of a delegator.

  • Students understand real-life examples easily and quickly. A good teacher while teaching should connect various subjects to real-life situations and try to make topics understandable to them. Teachers understand what their students need as they are the closest companions. Demonstrating even the difficult topics with the help of real-life examples make it easier for teachers and students as well.

  • Teachers help their colleagues by sharing instructional resources. These might include websites, instructional materials, readings, or other resources to use with students. They might also share such professional resources as articles, books, lesson or unit plans, and assessment tools.
    Tinisha becomes a resource provider when she offers to help Carissa, a new staff member in her second career, set up her classroom. Tinisha gives Carissa extra copies of a number line for her students to use, signs to post on the wall that explain to students how to get help when the teacher is busy, and the grade-level language arts pacing guide.

  • Teachers find themselves in the middle of situations where they play the role of a mediator, within classrooms and outside of it. Students might seek the assistance of the teacher to relay information to their parents and vice versa. Within the classrooms, teachers settle disputes between students and ensure conflicts between students are solved amicably and further escalation prevented. By being a mediator, a teacher is better placed to understand the issues faced by the student and suggest measures to overcome them.

  • Due to the sheer amount of time that school is in session, teachers are tasked with being positive role models and mentors to their students every day. Students learn so much more than math, language arts, and social studies from their teachers—they learn social skills like how to be kind to others and make friends, when to ask for help or be independent, how to distinguish between right and wrong, and other life lessons that parents tend to echo. In many cases, students learn these things from teachers first.

  • A teacher’s role is ever-changing. While teachers were once issued curriculum materials with a clear set of instructions detailing exactly how to teach them, this was not an equitable or effective approach because it did not acknowledge student individuality or real-life application. Now, teaching is responsive—it evolves to fit the needs and demands of any political and cultural climate.

  • ‘The future development of a nation truly lies in the hands of good teachers.’ As they are the provider of education and prepare students to be a future of a nation. The role of a teacher is very crucial as they have responsibility to impart data and information to children to analyze the situation and condition of individuals and a nation. Teachers can teach you to analyze what is important and what you should do in life to make it better tomorrow.

  • A responsive teacher counsels their students to use the knowledge they learn in school to become valuable members of society. They advocate for being informed and productive citizens by educating about social justice and current events. Teachers must always be aware, ethical, equitable, and engaged.

  • Instruction doesn’t consist primarily of lecturing to students who sit in rows at desks, dutifully listening and recording what they hear, but, rather, offers every child a rich, rewarding, and unique learning experience. The educational environment isn’t confined to the classroom but, instead, extends into the home and the community and around the world. Information isn’t bound primarily in books; it’s available everywhere in bits and bytes.

  • The family, the government, the church or religious authority, and the economic or business-industrial authority all have an interest in the development of children and youth, and all play a part, therefore, in setting up and controlling formal and many informal means of education. In many societies, they employ teachers to do the work of education, and they work out with the teacher an understanding of what the teacher is expected to do.

  • Its not always the “good” students that teachers cross paths with. Rather there are many aimless pupils too who are careless about life and least bothered about academics. A brilliant teacher is equally compassionate to them and helps them change for the better. They even encourage students to be full of spirit during their lows and these are responsible to change the lives of the students for the better.

  • Traditionally, teaching was a combination of information-dispensing, custodial child care and sorting out academically inclined students from others. The underlying model for schools was an education factory in which adults, paid hourly or daily wages, kept like-aged youngsters sitting still for standardized lessons and tests.

  • Many teachers today, however, are encouraged to adapt and adopt new practices that acknowledge both the art and science of learning. They understand that the essence of education is a close relationship between a knowledgeable, caring adult and a secure, motivated child. They grasp that their most important role is to get to know each student as an individual in order to comprehend his or her unique needs, learning style, social and cultural background, interests, and abilities.

  • In practice, this new relationship between teachers and students takes the form of a different concept of instruction. Tuning in to how students really learn prompts many teachers to reject teaching that is primarily lecture based in favor of instruction that challenges students to take an active role in learning.

  • A delegator, as the name suggests is someone who delegates responsibilities and just overviews the overall functioning of the classroom. They are neither highly involved nor show less involvement. They give the students ownership and are mostly seen when learning occurs through group activities and classroom discussions. This is best suited for subjects that require group activities. Chemistry, physics, and in the sort of subjects that require lab activities, the teacher often assumes the role of a delegator.

  • In case if there’s an activity taking place in the class. Say a debate or a group discussion, when the teacher takes part in it, they are assuming the role of a participant. While this increases the interest in students and encourages them to participate more, there’s a chance of you outperforming them so, keep in mind to blend in with the students and give them the necessary nudge when required.

  • But today’s world is awash in information from a multitude of print and electronic sources. The fundamental job of teaching is no longer to distribute facts but to help children learn how to use them by developing their abilities to think critically, solve problems, make informed judgments, and create knowledge that benefits both the students and society. Freed from the responsibility of being primary information providers, teachers have more time to spend working one-on-one or with small groups of students.

  • The teacher is in complete charge of the class, what students do, what they say and how they say it. The teacher assumes this role when a new language is being introduced and accurate reproduction and drilling techniques are needed.

    In this classroom, the teacher is mostly the center of focus, the teacher may have the gift of instruction, and can inspire through their own knowledge and expertise, but, does this role really allow for enough student talk time? Is it really enjoyable for the learners? There is also a perception that this role could have a lack of variety in its activities.

  • The teacher is a kind of walking resource center ready to offer help if needed, or provide learners with whatever language they lack when performing communicative activities. The teacher must make her/himself available so that learners can consult her/him when (and only when) it is absolutely necessary.

  • The teacher assumes this role to see how well students are performing or how well they performed. Feedback and correction are organized and carried out.

  • There are a variety of ways we can grade learners, the role of an assessor gives teachers an opportunity to correct learners. However, if it is not communicated with sensitivity and support it could prove counter-productive to a student’s self-esteem and confidence in learning the target language.

  • Perhaps the most difficult and important role the teacher has to play. The success of many activities depends on good organization and on the students knowing exactly what they are to do next. Giving instructions is vital in this role as well as setting up activities.

  • The organizer can also serve as a demonstrator, this role also allows a teacher to get involved and engaged with learners. The teacher also serves to open and neatly close activities and also give content feedback.

  • This role improves the atmosphere in the class when the teacher takes part in an activity. However, the teacher takes a risk of dominating the activity when performing it.

  • Facilitating learning is empowering for both the learner and the teacher and frees the teacher from many of the burdens that having to be an ‘expert’ might entail. It would traditionally have been seen as a weakness for a teacher to say ‘I don’t know, let’s find out’ or ‘I don’t know, do any of you students know the answer?’ But, times have changed and so must the role of the ELS teacher.

  • Students often thrive to build their personality based upon that of their teachers whom they find themselves close to and they admire. Kind and empathetic behaviour, if showcased towards students, are always received positively. Thus, when teachers showcase the same trait, they become the role models of the learners.

  • The collaborator role of teachers is also important in case of designing learning programmes and policies. Here the teachers have to collaborate with the government and the parents.

  • After parents, a teacher is the most common role model of a child. To students, teachers are the epitome of knowledge, information and wisdom. Kindness and respectability are two more traits that students associate with their teachers.

  • In today’s times it is important for a teacher to be a wholesome educator. They should focus on improving the learning experience of a student. It is the duty of teachers to shape the future generation in the most perfect way possible.

  • Teachers play a very important role in a student’s life. As a teacher, one must bring out the best in students and inspire them to strive for greatness. Students are considered as the future of the nation and humankind, and a teacher is believed to be a credible guide for their advancement.

  • Education has changed a lot in recent times. It’s more interactive now with the intrusion of digital media. The new-age technology like artificial intelligence, augmented reality are opening a new dimension in education.

  • Teachers can gear up to help students to understand knowledge and concepts outside the textbook. More the teachers interact with the students with viable, real-life examples, incidents, etc, students will have a better understanding and more awareness of the subject. With real-life examples, they can apply their lessons to many subjects.

  • Due to the lack of career counselling, we are finding a lot of poor performances across the education sector in India. It’s not due to scarcity of skill or talent. The reason is deep-rooted and it goes straight to the lack of vision, experience, and smartness in choosing the right career.

  • Choosing the right career is just the first step. A teacher has to play the role even beyond that. Students across the world face multiple challenges while choosing a career for themselves. A teacher has to stand by their students to help them overcome these challenges.

  • the primary job is to be empathetic with the students. Show care and nurture students, pay extra attention, be their best pals, show confidence to build the best relationship and extract the best out of them.

  • A teacher must enhance civilization while giving people the right tools to make informed decisions. They are here to bestow the power of “problem-solving skills” to the students.

  • Leadership is the most important trait for modern-day human beings. Leaders make connections and make everyone a part of their mission, a virtue and a quality that demands a special appreciation.

  • What the world needs is someone to persuade the coming generation in a positive way. Someone to push or encourage students or create a space where they want to learn to better themselves. That’s the new role of a teacher.

  • The modern age with its dynamic development, new technologies and advancement in different areas of life is one of the reasons why we respect and admire innovators, such as scientists, entrepreneurs, and artists so much. However, sometimes we unjustly forget the quiet heroes of progress. Those who work behind the stage, our teachers.

  • Without a good education and effective teachers, there is no progress in any of the key areas important for societal development, from science to art and technology.
    The position of teachers is the most delicate in that sense. They have direct responsibility and influence on what their students will become. Whether they will develop their full potential and eventually grow into people everyone will admire, or will become constrained and inhibited without the necessary knowledge, encouragement, or stimulation.

  • Learning is a lifelong activity, and the teacher is an integral part of that process, especially in formal education. Simply put, after the initial learning experiences in the family, teachers take over the responsibility for children’s education from parents. This is especially true today, when many parents have a very limited time to spend with their children, because they work 9 to 5 the role of teachers in students’ life becomes that much more important.

  • Teachers are not there just to convey knowledge, but also to educate children by instilling moral principles and values in them. In other words, the teacher teaches, but also educates.

  • In consequence, it is not surprising that 98% of respondents in a survey believe that a teacher can change a student’s life. Educators wield great power, and consequently, have great responsibility. That is why it is important that every teacher is up to the task, and behaves in accordance with their position and influence. The role of society is to make that possible.

  • Many occupations are just that, professions, and despite the satisfaction they can provide, there comes a time in life when one simply wants to change their career. In that situation, the teaching profession becomes one of the potential career options. However, it is different with born teachers. For them, teaching is not a profession, it is a calling.

  • Such a teacher is prepared to do everything it takes to provide their students with the necessary knowledge and values, support and encouragement that will help them to grow into free-thinking and successful adults. In other words, whether we will have a good education or not greatly depends on whether our teachers experience their profession as a true calling or not.

  • Because the reality is that no matter how well-conceived an educational strategy or how wisely built an education system is, without quality teachers to implement it “in the field” it is impossible to have a good education. What our future society will look like largely depends on education presently. This is how it was yesterday, this is how it is now, and this is how it will be tomorrow: conveying knowledge is the very foundation of our civilization, hence the teaching profession is extremely important.

  • The teachers are those that make a difference and make education good and effective. They teach young people fundamental life values, not just the curriculum content. They demonstrate and prove time and time again that one should not only learn things that are practically applicable, but also things that will expand their knowledge, culture and moral values.

  • All these things combined are crucially important for students as valuable experience, and a reliable value system. Thus, teachers are authentic role models for young people, and for all those who want to learn and develop themselves. They are passionate when it comes to their job, conveying knowledge, providing incentives and guidelines for student advancement.

  • Education has gone through and still undergoes a variety of significant changes, and one of the most important ones is changing the focus toward the role and influence of teachers.

  • In keeping with the modern times, new circumstances and needs of new generations, the manner of teaching and interaction with students has changed. However, as we can see, the role of the teacher in society has remained unchanged. A good teacher still has a great impact on society.

  • Such teachers are not only characterized by a profound knowledge of the curriculum and teaching content, but also by various soft skills and knowledge that allow them to help students master the most advanced knowledge and skills. Effective teachers ensure the highest quality of education by providing their students with support and tools based on the latest research and integration of educational technologies that help them to advance and develop their full potential.

  • An effective teacher is an authentic representative of the modern age, capable of maintaining a meaningful connection with his/her students at all times, and influencing their work and learning, but also the relationship with oneself, others and the environment.

  • In fact, according to research, effective teachers also impact the living standard of a society. Specifically, if we replace a teacher ranked at the very bottom of effectiveness with an average one, so not even a highly effective teacher, student income can increase up to 200,000 euros (Chetty, Friedman, & Rockoff, 2014).

  • When we think about great people, let us not forget that behind many of them stand armies of dedicated teachers, the discreet heroes of our progress.

  • Even in adulthood, when they complete formal education, people never stop learning. They attend courses, develop professionally and change careers, and the key role in this process also belongs to teachers. Not a small number of people were influenced by teachers they had met as adults. Simply put, a good teacher has the power to broaden your perspective and improve your life, regardless of how old you are.

  • Therefore, when we think about great people, let us not forget that behind many of them stand armies of dedicated teachers, the discreet heroes of our progress. If we want students to obtain applicable knowledge, but also to develop positive qualities such as environmental awareness, social awareness, tolerance, altruism and respect, we need to make sure that teachers can develop without constraints, and to provide them with all the necessary resources that will allow them to do their job as best they can.

  • That an average teacher influences the lives of as many as 3000 students during his/her career. In other words, a single good teacher can positively impact the lives of 3000 people who will become important factors in our society tomorrow. This means that one of the most vital interests of society is to nurture and create good and effective teachers.

  • Teachers follow students through each pivotal stage of development. At six to eight hours a day, five days a week, you as a teacher are poised to become one of the most influential people in your students’ life. After their parents, children will first learn from you, their elementary school teacher. Then, as a middle school teacher, you will guide students through yet another important transition: adolescence.

  • As children become young adults, learning throughout middle school and into high school, you will answer their questions, listen to their problems and teach them about this new phase of their lives. You not only watch your students grow you help them grow.

  • Much of what students learn from their greatest teachers is not detailed on a syllabus. Teachers who help us grow as people are responsible for imparting some of life’s most important lessons. During their initial school years, students encounter, perhaps for the first time, other children of the same age and begin to form some of their first friendships.

  • As a teacher, you will show your students how to become independent and form their own relationships, you will carefully guide them and intervene when necessary. School is as much a place of social learning as academic learning, and this is true, not only in our early years of education, but all the way through college.

  • If you have never worked with a student with a visual impairment, you may be apprehensive about having a student with a visual impairment in your class. Even if you have worked with a student with a visual impairment, in the past, you need to understand that each student is unique and will have different needs. Even students with the same visual diagnosis they will have different visual abilities and will have different backgrounds, and have different academic abilities and experiences.

  • ​The classroom teacher is responsible for instructing the student in the core curriculum as well as collaborating with the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) and other support staff to ensure that the student’s unique needs are being met.

  • The role of the classroom teacher is to manage the classroom in a manner that meets the individual needs of each student in the class. This includes promoting learning and supplementing activities, coordinating and collaborating with support staff, using a variety of teaching approaches, and adapting instruction to include all students. The classroom teacher is in charge of each student’s overall academic program.

  • As the general education teacher, the classroom teacher is responsible for teaching the core curriculum (literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and so forth). The TVI does not duplicate what the classroom teacher will teach but teaches the students the knowledge and skills they need to participate in the classroom.

  • Communication between the classroom teacher and the TVI is critical. Discussing upcoming lessons well in advance will allow discussions on adaptations and adaptations that will be needed to access instruction. It is also critical to provide the TVI with materials promptly for the TVI to adapt the materials into an accessible format.

  • If the student has a paraprofessional it is imperative for the classroom teacher to continue to have direct interactions with the student. Although the paraprofessional can reinforce instruction, the paraprofessional is typically not a certified teacher and it is the teacher’s responsibility to be aware of the students understanding of content.

  • If you have students with multiple disabilities on your caseload, it may be beneficial to provide teachers and teacher assistants with a vision survey to understand their current understanding of the student’s vision.

  • Education is an important for all the human being. But nowadays it is going to a business. I saw many article which is related to education. But I never get a truth of it.

  • Students are the future of any nation and require a credible mentor to help them advance. The need for a teacher arises here who will guide them with both academic and extracurricular activities. A teacher is a gatekeeper for various resources and delivers information to young minds. They inspire students and bring out the best in them to strive for greatness in life. Furthermore, the teachers in various famous schools in Chennai and other cities in India shape and mould a child to make them better human beings. Apart from imparting values and knowledge, these teachers guide students through modern-day challenges and methods to resolve them.

  • A teacher is at the heart of any process of education. They are individuals with extreme command over subjects, knowing almost everything in their specialization. Teachers keep learning throughout their life employing constant reading techniques. With a pleasant tone and a high susceptibility to adaptation, they are flexible in various situations and maintain an approachable personality in their profession with cheery faces.

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