Coming to Korea, I thought I was prepared with my B.A. in AL and my TEFL certification but I soon learned that wasn’t enough, at least not for a serious career. Most people’s images of a teacher come from what they observed as students in their 13+ years of schooling but the teachers of a decade (or two) ago are not the teachers of tomorrow, or even the teachers of today.
Today’s educators need to be equipped to teach the current generation of Millennials. Simply using paper and pen in the classroom is not enough to bring students into the Information Age and age of technology or to set you apart from the pack. Teachers should update methodology with the times, integrating apps, websites, and other technologies to contextualize their subject content for Millennials. Educators also need to learn how to leave a digital footprint on the internet that will speak for them above their CVs.
What the best vehicle for subject content will depend on student level and access to technologies, but it is safe to say that whatever there is, it is better to be on multiple platforms to reach a wider range of students. Simply being aware of Youtube or basic blogging techniques is a start, but in order to be a 21st century teacher I hope to learn more than this in the coming months and begin to explore these methods in my classroom as well as what options are available for learners at all ages. In addition, another goal is to begin building an online showcase of myself as an educator for future employers to see.
Are you preparing yourself now for tomorrow’s classroom? If so, how?
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