Facilitating learning versus teaching
Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 04 August 2022, 14:05 SAST
As technology has grown, it has also changed how teachers relate to their students and their classrooms. With a wealth of information at their fingertips, students today have the tools they need to uncover a tremendous amount of facts and knowledge independently. In this environment, many students value less of a top-down delivery method. Instead, teachers now function more in a facilitative role. Their job has slowly evolved into a position where they help students understand how to learn, love learning, and uncover and understand the information they find.
This can present challenges for teachers, who must work on their soft leadership and problem-solving skills. They must learn how to foster conversations and create an environment that values teamwork.
The best teachers will be those who can help students take ownership of their learning.
As teachers become more involved in the student's learning process, they will also find themselves in a position to receive immediate feedback on their teaching effectiveness. Their ability to nurture and facilitate these skills in their classroom will become apparent quickly as the class moves through the material.
Teachers who want to focus more on student development rather than knowledge delivery will find this new model intensely rewarding.
Source: EHL insights