Monday, June 1, 2009

The Future Classroom

"As the monolithic system of instruction shifts to a classroom powered by student-centric technology, teacher's roles will gradually shift over time, too. The shift might not be easy, but it will be rewarding. Instead of spending most of their time delivering one-size fits-all lessons year after year, teachers can spend much more of their time traveling from student to student to help individuals with individual problems. Teachers will act more as learning coaches and tutors to help students find the learning approach that makes the most sense for them."

Over and above the technological challenges our teachers of the future face, we also should consider the need for professional development in the area of human resource management, specifically in the principles of supervision. If we are going to make the shift from monolithic instruction toward a modular, student-centric approach our administrators/teachers need to explore the additional benefits of shifting from a directive to a collaborative supervisory/teaching style. When we share authority, control, responsibility, and emphasize the methods of coaching and counseling, we will all, educators and students alike, be better equipped to share the rewards throughout our educational community.

Additionally, human resource management seems to be a skill- set that our institutions of higher learning in the field of education have yet to fully integrate into the general education curriculum. However, business administration programs have included instruction in human resource principles for decades (back to the business analogy again). I guess I would say that our institutions of higher learning need to jump on the disruptive innovation bandwagon too!


  1. This is a great point to think about! How much are we focused on training for different tech tools that may just be fit into our business as usual classrooms, and how much are we training teachers to be the guide on the side, rather than the sage on the stage?

  2. I agree that change must come from the top down as well as from the bottom up. Another thought that needs mentioning is the transformation our institution will be facing over the next few years - retiring teachers. What an appropriate time to redefine qualifications and expectations as we welcome new teachers into our profession.

  3. Your point is well taken. Secondary schools need to communicate with colleges to make sure both institutions are on the same page with needs for qualifications. Expectations for high school graduates headed to the education field and expectations for students at the college level choosing education paths should be a two-way conversation to allow new educators to come to the "transformed" schools prepared to move forward.