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Teaching Skills That Matter for Future Educators


Future skills are the most conducive instrumental for 21st century learners since it’s clear that these skills play a vital role in day-to-day life. Hence, teaching 21st century skills is as important as teaching any other essential skill. In addition, Future skills are much more than proficiency with ordinary skills; indeed, these foundational skills are critical; yet the crux of future skills meaning the ability to exceptionally apply them in specific situations. Overall, in the 21st century education is becoming complex and challenging. Consequently, to adapt rapidly changing world in the 21st, students should be able to keep up with the latest information, technology, and skills. Likewise, educators today need to use qualitative methods to provide learners with the characteristics and skills that will help them enhance their self and professional competencies to engage in the future.

In light of the importance of teaching in the 21st century, (Cox, 2016), stated that the only way that teachers can do to prepare their students for the future is through a set of strategies, the author indicates five of the most teaching strategies in 21st century that educators should have in today’s classroom, as follow: 1. Teaching Strategies to Teach All Learners: Being a 21st century educator means having the facility to teach and reach all learners. Thus, all students can learn using their own unique style and/or by their ability or readiness level. In today’s classrooms, educators have learned that students learn best when they are taught to their own unique style and ability. 2. Implement Technology: The ability to not only learn about the new educational gadgets that will help students learn better and faster, but also to know how to use and implement the gadget within the classroom is an essential skill of a 21st century educator. Accordingly, an active educator will have the know-how and the wherewithal how to implement and incorporate technology into the classroom in a way that will be productive for all students. 3. Able to Foster Student Relationships: In a digital world where students can count the number of friends that they have by the likes they get on Facebook and Instagram, it is essential now more than ever for educators to foster healthy relationships among their students. An effective teacher has facilitated interpersonal relationships within the classroom so that students will have a sense of community and communicate with their peers on a higher level than just social media. 4. Forward Thinking: A 21st century educator can anticipate the future and plan for it. Teachers' competence pushes their students to navigate their way through this ever-changing technological world. They have the efficiency in preparing students for the future based on current trends and technology. 5. Embrace Change: this is an essential characteristic of a 21st century teacher since of the rapid changes in technology and the way that students learn. Educators ought to embrace change and adapt to it, technology changes daily, as do new teaching strategies, testing techniques, and the way we are able to learn and communicate with others.

To conclude, as far as known at present, educating a new generation in the 21st century needs a radical change and comprehensive reform, and teaching strategies that allow them to engage in their learning process in a way that might not otherwise occur: Learning to produce knowledge, running technology and media, and learning to coexistence with others.

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