Let’s consider the term modern innovative teaching. Sounds intellectual, doesn’t it? Gone are the days of teaching “from the hip.” Today’s children are, in many ways, the same children as a decade ago; it’s just the climate that’s changed. Now our students need strategic, well-thought-out solutions that respect the culture in which they live. That’s what is meant by modern innovative teaching.
What Defines Modern Innovative Teaching?
1. Looking at Behaviour Differently
With modern innovative teaching, the educator thinks differently about challenging behavior. In order to combat the falling of students through the cracks, a new outlook is needed. This new lens meets kids where they are. Ross Greene’s work in changing the way we look at challenging behaviour dares us to look toward other ways of motivating them.
In-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and coercive means as well as bribes do not solve challenging problems. They only mask them and make life easier (in the short term) for the teacher.
Certainly going against the norm and requiring planning, time and effort, Greene sets out to get schools to adapt a more humane way of dealing with students with difficulties. Here is a success story from his website.
2. Dealing With Distraction
The educator of today understands and knows how to combat the Age of Distraction. Our kids are distracted by gadgets, the media. and screens. Innovative educators, whether they decide to ban gadgets altogether or limit them during the day, agree that something else is needed to increase students’ attention spans.
Mindfulness practices in the curriculum seek to make children aware of thought processes, and emotional changes at the moment they happen. Reflective learning also helps students connect previous learning to current experiences. With new, more complete information of how the pre-frontal cortex develops and contributes to the well-being of the learner, we know better than to expect our students to simply be producers of high test scores.
3. Breaking the Mould
You don’t just stick with the status quo in modern innovative teaching. We’re not content to do the same old thing all the time, getting the same old results. Innovative teachers are willing to go out and learn new tricks, expanding their own toolkit. They are lifelong learners themselves, and their outward joy of learning shows and inspires others.
They learn for the sake of learning, they think of how to do it better, and they practice. They embrace systems that allow learners to take ownership of their learning. A great example is Solution fluency, one of the 5 processes outlined in Global Digital Citizenship Foundation.
4. Sailing the High Seas of Information
Innovative teachers navigate along the informational highway safely and effectively. Students nowadays need prime examples of using safe practices when using the Internet. At the same time, they need to learn to not fear the tool, but use the information they find there to the best of their ability.
This is Global Digital Citizenship. Such an individual gathers the best, most valid and reliable information to create solutions. They use collaborative tools to team with different cultures or professionals to bring about useful changes that enhance the world for them and future children.
5. Time and Time Again
Innovative teaching conquers the time factor—that is to say, the lack of it. Innovative teachers have learned systems that allow them to make the most of their instructional time.
This includes everything from planning tools that help them get their lesson plans done quicker and at the same time fulfilling their administrative duties, to using time-saving systems that get formative assessments done efficiently and with greater feedback to students. These can be digital in nature, like flipped learning, but don’t have to be.
6. Establishing Student/Tech Trust
Innovative teachers trust their students and build trust with the students. By trusting students, you put the responsibility of learning where it belongs, so that when you are gone from their lives, they still learn and love to do it. You empower them with self-assessment and collaborative skills. They know what homework they need to do, based on their individual assessment.
Modern innovative teaching is also not so steeped in technology that it forgoes low-tech and no-tech solutions. It navigates the entire gamut of tools at its disposal. Technology is not the end, but rather only one of the means to empowering the learner to becoming their best selves.