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The 21st Century Classroom!

Technology is a monsoon that has swept all the walks of life taming them to adhere to its specifications and education is no exception. The modern landscape of technological racing onward, the classrooms should revamp themselves to keep up with the pack. By upgrading the classrooms, students can benefit from incorporating technology into their environment because it helps enrich their education as well as prepare them with the skills necessary to navigate a working place in the future.

The teachers need to reinvent their strategies and tools because the traditional methods are no longer effective since this generation is radically different from the ones that came before. The main distinction is changing the dynamics of the classes to be centered on the student and not the teachers. The latter are now mere facilitators that guide instead of lecturing. These students need to become more engaged, and that can only be accomplished by attracting them into academic pursuits through pedagogical approaches aided with technology. Students should have their input in shaping their own academic development.

There is much that has to be incorporated into the modern school rooms. As mentioned before, students must have front and center stage when it comes to developing the classroom tactics. This will help them explore at leisure to discover their own interests and skills.  Today’s generation is focused on using electronic devices such as computers, tablets, and mobile devices. They master their use and are at ease with them, so they need to become a fixture in every school-related environment. And with all those gadgets lying around, the classrooms should not be crowded. Personal spaces are a necessity so that students can feel comfortable and relaxed enough to accumulate knowledge and enjoy the learning process.

This generation has less attention span than before and cannot focus for long periods of time unless they are engaged and interested. This is complementary to having a student-centered class because that is how they will be able to retain information. They have to feel they are in control and enjoying what they are studying. This will require a very adaptive class that is willing to compromise on many things. If the students are not responding to the proposed strategies, they will simply refuse to keep making an effort. The more comfortable they are, the more likely they will learn.

When it comes to assessment, it must be diversified. Students should not only be graded according to their performance on one examination. Small quizzes should be part of the curricula. This does not always have to take the written form as that might be conducive for all students. Projects and collaborative work should also be used as assessment tools to gauge students’ capabilities. The collaboration will enable them to work harmoniously with others in the future and create leaders.

Naturally, some of the traditional measures should not be compromised. Students should always respect the rules and regulations. While flexibility is a must, there are some core values that should never be challenged such as respecting the teacher and other classmates. Teaching respect and discipline is as mandatory as languages and sciences, and a semi-structured routine keeps students stable enough to learn. It also helps them to develop a sense of justice and morals to create model citizens. In return, teachers should show students their allotted share of respect. They have to lead by example as this generation has been taught to question everything.

The future is now, so let our classrooms and teaching styles reflect that!

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