Teacher Training Is Imperative For World-class Education To Students

Trained teachers are able to continually freshen up the curriculum with new information and make even the drabbest subject interesting with convincing presentation and use of technology.

Teachers bear the great responsibility of educating the next generation and they must be properly trained and equipped to groom students for the professional and social challenges of the 21st century.

The pedagogical processes are inherently dynamic in nature because of the ever-changing needs of students and the perpetually-evolving roles of educators. The rapid advent of technology and innovations in teaching methodologies render obsolete, over a period of time, the skillsets of teachers, and necessitate an overhaul which is best done at quality teachers’ training institutes. 

To better understand the need for teacher training, we must see the demands put upon the present education system by the cumulative force of technology, student aspirations and the corporate world.

Why teacher training is necessary?

Several factors come into play to make teacher training imperative in today’s world.

Keeping abreast of pedagogical innovations

Education worldwide has shifted from the didactic pattern of teaching to a more experiential one. From being knowledge providers, teachers are now assuming the role of knowledge facilitators and counsellors. Education is becoming student-centric and new approaches like the flipped classroom, are gaining currency.

Staying up to speed with technology

The digital revolution has put education on an upward curve of evolution. A huge amount of information is readily available and new digital tools are being invented to make e-learning and blended learning the education mode of the future. Teachers need to be trained to use these digital tools smartly and sift through the ocean of information for what is most relevant.

Meeting student aspirations

Student aspirations today are a lot higher and varied. The old chalk-talk monologues no longer appeal to them and they look out for interesting and engaging learning experiences that can only be provided by properly trained teachers with sharp communication skills and attention-grabbing abilities.  

Mitigating disruption in education

The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has amplified the importance of having trained teachers to mitigate the disruption in education caused by the unexpected and prolonged closure of schools. Teachers who were digitally proficient were able to make faster transition from classrooms to online teaching, as opposed to those who were left scrambling with technology.

How teacher training empowers educators?

Teacher training empowers educators in multiple ways, such as:

1.       Learning new pedagogical practices

2.       Curriculum designing

3.       Creating customized lessons

4.       Addressing particular gaps in students’ learning

5.       Acquiring language proficiency

6.       Digital expertise

7.       Developing empathy and compassion

8.       Sensitivity towards special-needs students

9.       Art of listening and communicating

10.   New approach to problem solving through Design Thinking

Benefits of teacher training to students and teachers

Teacher training serves the purpose of academic excellence that students seek today. The innovative approaches that teachers learn are put into practice to make education an interactive, engaging and rewarding experience for learners.

Trained teachers are able to continually freshen up the curriculum with new information and make even the drabbest subject interesting with convincing presentation and use of technology. This is most apparent in the classrooms using the technologies of gamification, virtual reality and augmented reality, which provide experiential learning to students.

Education today is more than just means to a successful career. It is fast evolving as sustainability education in which students not just acquire academic prowess, but also have an in-depth understanding of the global issues of climate change, nature conservation, world poverty, and malnutrition.

This futuristic aim of sustainability education cannot be fulfilled without properly trained teachers who can facilitate the grooming of the next generation as the change-makers of tomorrow in building the nation and preserving the planet.

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