Following on from the Twitter poll, #UKEdChat this week will look into the future, exploring the future of teaching.
The session intends to ignore recruitment, retention, and politics issues.
The session will set six questions, which will be released during the discussion:
- How do you imagine the role of a new teacher will look like in ten years?
- What aspects of technology do you think will be impacting on education in the future?
- How will teachers best facilitate curriculum changes to meet the demands of a changing world?
- What are the greatest positive challenges ahead for the future of teaching?
- How do you imagine the classrooms of the future be designed (go utopian, if required)?
- What aspect of teaching do you think will never change?
It was great to see that UKEdChatters were generally positive about the future of teaching and optimistic about the the profession in the long-term. Comments to the first question about were the profession will be in 10 years included greater freedom for professions and pupils, less paperwork and hoop jumping, and more encouragement for everyone to innovate. There was a real sense from participants that we are on the cusp of reclaiming the profession and educating the next generation.
The discussion moved on the the use of technology in the classroom of the future. AI and virtual reality were both mentioned, but it seemed that participants thought that technology will simply augment and automate what is already being done, rather than a EdTech revolution.
The answers to the question about ‘future proofing’ pupils via the curriculum was fascinating and I recommend that you browse the archive for more on this, but there was an interesting discussion on grit, mindset, adaptability, independence and resilience – how schools encourage these traits and whether school value or repress these in the classroom.
The next two questions largely echoed the previous points. Technology has a role to pay, but the biggest discussion points surrounded the ethos and direction of education in the classroom, staffroom and the corridors of power.
The final question focused on what will never change. The teacher/pupil relationship and duty of care were mentioned. But what what was mainly discussed was the continual commitment and passion of teachers which, while often tested, will be eternal.