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Six Skills Modern Day Educators Need


Whether teaching a first grade student or high school sophomores, teachers today need unique yet specific set of skills to deal with different temperament of students and to achieve optimal learning outcomes.
Increasing classroom sizes, rise in diversity of students, enhanced role of technology in education processes, increased curriculum, scarce teaching resources and finding effective lesson plan ideas are some of the challenges that present-day educators face. Teachers also face the dilemma of making teaching methodologies congruous to different learning styles of students.
Here is a list of 6 skills that educators need to navigate through unique challenges that modern tech-extensive classrooms present-

1. Adaptability - From learning to cope up with expanded class-sizes to devising new teaching strategies, teachers need to be agile to adapt to the ever-shifting and ever-dynamic education environment.

2. Time Management - With increased curriculum and more responsibilities, it is critical that teachers utilize their classroom time efficiently. Strategically planning for lessons while being aware of breaks and co-curricular activities can help classrooms stay on schedule consistently.

3. Tech Fundamentals - Word, spreadsheet and emails are simple basics of digital age that teachers must learn for saving time and easier organisation. Competence in using IT-driven education techniques like machine learning, virtual reality, data analytics, and gamification enables them to impart quality education and to simplify learning processes.

4. Patience and Team work - Educators must have a great deal of patience to deal with varied dispositions of students and to meet student-specific learning requirements. It is also important for teachers to share insights on successful learning methodologies with each other to get better results in classrooms.

5. Creativity - Teachers must craft innovative strategies to cater to different learning styles and to improve learning outcomes in classrooms. Audio-visual methods must supplement content to make lessons interesting for students.

6. Healthy Parental Communication - School websites, homework portals, and emails have downplayed the importance of face-to-face meetings and have opened a regular line of communication between parents and teachers. It is essential that teachers leverage these to communicate academic progress and performance of students to their parents on a periodic basis.

Developing and honing these skills and keeping their teaching credentials updated can help educators stay at the forefront of their field, deliver optimal student experience and bring in real classroom innovation.

By Deeksha Shivhare
Sr. Executive DigiCom - Content
Redefine Marcom Pvt. Ltd.