TEACHING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Education has always been the tool for economic and development, for eradicating poverty, for survival and for the change. Facing the 21st century, education is quite challenging knowing that it should ensure and prepare students to be lifelong learners. Today education is no longer restricted to certain aspects there are linkages of one subject to another. Education now uses information from the internet and computers unlike years ago when only teachers and ...view middle of the document...
It also opens the idea that learning does not only happen within the four corners of the classroom. It can happen anywhere and anytime with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. In the 21st century education student centered activities are given emphasis. Compared to the traditional way of teaching where the teacher do the chalk and talk and students were just mere listeners and audience. Another thing is 21st century education focus on teaching topics that will enable the learners apply what they learn to real life.
“Given the challenges facing society, teachers are being required to take on new roles and must have the knowledge, confidence and resources needed to fulfil legitimate expectations of the community. Teachers must also learn throughout life and develop new skills if they are be effective in teaching others to learn to know, to do, to be and to live together.”
Given all these things that characterized 21st century education teachers should be subject matters expert, facilitator of learning and classroom manager. To meet up the challenges of a changing world teachers must possess skills, values and attitude needed for a 21st century educator. Teachers must be lifelong learners itself to produce students who can be tag as lifelong learners.