The teaching profession is continually evolving and because it’s moving at such a fast pace, it’s important to ensure you’re up-to-date with the latest teaching trends and transitions in the classroom.
By monitoring educations trends, you can help to determine the best way to educate students. Here, we’ve collated some of the top trends to look out for in 2018. How many of these are you interested in introducing this term?
Research has shown that the average millennial’s attention span is just 90 seconds long*. This means that teaching must become more succinct and to the point in order to capture students’ attention and retain their interest. Micro-learning content can come in many forms such as short, sharp presentations, games and videos, to name a few.
• The maker movement
There has been considerable focus on students becoming creators and building things for themselves in order to excel in the 21st century – most notably with the introduction of computer coding lessons. These types of programmes equip students with a new set of tools, improve problem-solving skills and encourage artistic expression.
• Parent partnerships
In 2018, there should be an increase in parent or carer / teacher relationships. Learning shouldn’t just be confined to the classroom and teachers should continue to encourage family support and engagement. As a result, educators should encourage involvement from parents/carers in order to work together to support students.
• Augmented and virtual reality
We’ve witnessed the rise in these alternative realities much more in the last year, most notably with smartphone games/apps such as Pokémon Go. However, this type of technology will soon be integrated within everyday life and looks set to help aid classroom teaching. For example, immersive augmented reality can mean that instead of students watching a video of how to undertake a task, you can instead put your students inside a realistic simulation to observe the skill.
Are you trying something new this year? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!