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I was browsing and came across this……Three trends that define the future of teaching and learning…. a sensible (to me anyway) post that kinda fits my aims as a teacher. The article stresses the idea that we are not going to become obsolete as foreseen by Aldous Huxley’s brave new world and be replaced by automated Hypnopedia; our role will have to change from the ‘front of the class, batter that knowledge into their brains’ style that characterized most of my childhood school experiences (Latin declensions….Amo, Amas, Amat….. label the parts of the heart…… now do 50 solving quadratic equations problems following the exact procedure i showed you on the board) into facilitating the development of collaborative skills and team work, (by working collaboratively as teachers), using technology and the encouraging the students into the creation of technology (including the skills to make judgments about selection of appropriate technology), and the use of “blended learning” – combining tradition teaching with computers.
There are some great links in the article to jump off to, such as:
There was another article that came to mind as I read the blogpost which looked at what it is that Employers want from their new entrants which nicely matched the altering emphasis onto skills based learning.
The top ten skills graduate recruiters want
1. Commercial awareness
4. Negotiation and persuasion
5. Problem solving
8. Perseverance and motivation
9. Ability to work under pressure
From targetjobs.co.uk. – read the whole article here http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/career-planning/273051-the-top-10-skills-thatll-get-you-a-job-when-you-graduate