Minakshi Banger

Editorial Writer

“The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and energy to the character” -DOROTHEA DIX
A teacher is a teacher by the role she/he plays. Educators have always been the biggest influencers in a student’s life. In order to be at par with the radically changing world, teaching techniques are altered and exalted with time. Educators have to reinvent their roles to be co-learners and collaborators while teaching.
Classrooms of today are shifting from a teacher-centered learning environment to a student-led learning environment. The teacher today is expected to be more of a facilitator of learning than gate-keepers of information. As a digital generation, students expect digital learning tools to be deeply integrated into their education.
The changing times expect projected visual instructional facilities for effective learning
“I hear and I forget, I see and I believe, I do and I understand” – CONFUCIUS
Supplementing the spoken words by combining audio and visual stimuli would lead to more clarity and understanding. Slides, overhead projectors, Epidiascope and film projectors are a few instructional facilities that are time saving and make transparencies for better understanding of students.

Mind mapping is a technique of teaching developed by Tony Buzan in 1960. A ‘mind map’ is a diagram for representing tasks, words, concepts or items linked to and arranged around a central concept or subject. Using mind maps as an innovative thinking tool in education helps students visualize and externalize concepts and understand the connections between different ideas. It is commonly used in presentations, critical thinking, brainstorming, decision making and project management.

A teacher of the 21st century need necessarily to frame a cordial relationship with students so that the students feel a friendly learning environment. A teacher with a infectious sense of humor makes the students willing to learn.
“When there is willingness to change, there is hope for progress in any field”
Teachers in the 21st century confront the challenges opened up by globalization. Teachers should introduce students to their world, and moreover inculcate in them a sense of their own power to create change in the world. Teachers should not just transmit knowledge to students; they should instill in them a sense of their place in the larger world, and urge them to be active participants in it.
“True teachers are those who help us think for ourselves”