Are you ready to be a 21st century teacher?-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
By Luzviminda Larry T. Ablao
TODAY’S educators have the daunting task of preparing students for a future in the global 21st century.
With this principle in mind, the Dropout Reduction Program (DORP) and Special Education (SpEd) Department of Baguio City National High School headed by Windelino B. Alipda initiated a seminar for its teachers dubbed as “Understanding the 21st Century Learners” on September 27.
Who are the 21st century learners? How are they different from their 20th century counterparts? These were important questions that were answered in the seminar.
The whole day event aimed to equip teachers’ knowledge on the nature of students nowadays and how they learn. Teachers of the biggest public high school in the Cordillera were urged to meet the needs of their students by becoming 21st century teachers. They are encouraged to shift strategies in terms of lesson delivery in order to foster a more effective learning. They are challenged to meet the increasing need to integrate technology in the curriculum. "The effective 21st-century teacher will need to be adept in judging the educative and non-educative use of technologies," said teacher Danilo Ospig. He said that a good 21st-century educator is one cognizant of the rapidly changing technology trends; one in tune with the direction of the economy, and future projected needs for business and industry; one aware of the career opportunities for children in the coming years, and all of the requisite educational skills and talents necessary to allow kids to position themselves to compete.
Dr. Ronaldo M. Mamaat Jr. Special Education and Psychology professor from the University of the Cordilleras was one of the speakers during the seminar. He reminded teachers that today’s students are our future, and our future depends on their success.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 16, 2013.