In this workshop, the Turkish Ambassador and English teacher Adil Tugyan gave an insight into the characeristics of education in the 21st century. What do students want? What skills do 21st century teachers need?
While most students today are digital natives who are familiar with the internet and social media, the majority of teachers are rather digital immigrants. But in order to prepare their students to a live in a modern world, teachers need to adapt their classes to the requirements of the future. This means for example to create a diverse learning environment (in terms of media, data sources and collaborative approaches).
What does it take to be an effective teacher in the 21st century? What do teachers need? These questions were lively discussed during the workshop and a lot of examples were exchanged. With several videos and a vivid presentation, Adilshowed examples of his own teaching experience in Turkey.
In fact, the characteristics of a 21st century educator are diverse: he/she should be an adaptor, communicator, risk taker, collaborator, leader, model, learner, critical thinker, controller, and: a reflective practicioner. “Stagnation is the death of any teacher!” So teachers should adapt to the know how of their students.
Adil pointed out that some important aspects for 21st century learning are to enable active learning and to change the roles of teachers to being rather facilitators or coaches fostering student centered learning.
Certainly several participants might have found this a quite challenging task. But the crucial factor for teachers is to be still open to learn and stay curious in getting to know new tools and techniques – this is the best attitude with regard to their students. eTwinning offers great opportunities to share new tools. Teachers can benefit of the experience from colleagues all over Europe. Just give it a try!