Our Greatest Asset
|Our Greatest Asset|
Often, you hear an employer or supervisor make this comment, “Our greatest asset is our people.” While most would like to agree, are you making steps to ensure that this is indeed the case?
There are so many education hot topics on the table right now, but as a consultant and a previous K-12 IT administrator for 38 schools across the nation, there is one glaring hurdle to overcome. That hurdle is investing time and training in our teachers.
21st Century skills, STEM, STEAM, and Flipped Classrooms are all excellent concepts that have provided success for many districts across the nation. The one thing that has been missing is the time and effort to set teachers up for success. The days of the teacher who has lesson plans ready to use from years past are fading fast into the sunset as more and more demand is placed on administration, leaders of education, and districts to stay competitive and be forward thinking. Teachers need time to develop these skills and attributes like any other professional. Training and collaboration with other teachers is key. Resources can sometimes be tough to find, and being able to reach out to another teacher who can give some pointers is paramount.
At the end of the day, technology is driving the way our students interact in this plugged-in world. To reach out and engage students on their level will take strategy, planning, and vision. Lessons will need to be revamped and redone on different media or presented on different devices. This shift will be difficult, if not impossible, for some, while others will embrace it wholeheartedly. Change is in the air and on the move. Are your teachers ready for the change, and have they been given the tools, training, and time they need?