PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE

Although the modern society keeps rapidly changing, educational systems seem unable to keep up. If the governments of all our countries wish to catch up to all these changes, they need to enable constant educational reform. If we look back on the past 15 years, it is easy to notice that the information and communication technologies have rapidly developed and influenced our daily lives to a considerable extent. Education has, in spite of all of this, stayed the same like 4 decades ago, because in an era of digital natives, we have teachers with underdeveloped digital competences who still rely on the spoken word as the only means of communication with their students.

In my opinion, foremost foundation as educational professional brand will focus over the next few decades will be on lifelong learning for teachers and preparing them for the new age, so that they are ready to dedicate themselves to educating future movers and shakers of society. I am positive that one of the ways towards modern education is abolishing numerical evaluation, age groups and separate subjects, and the insistence on memorizing facts, and that this will contribute to unburdening and motivating children’s minds, and preparing them to face real life situations. It is a fact that in the future, soft skills will be much more appreciated, and as of now they are not given nearly enough attention in schools.

11750681_728904923886078_4988786473259855688_nThe future of learning is in taking the classroom outdoors, to a river, mountain, forest, lake, sea shore, underwater world, air space, farm, cave, archaeological dig, etc. Classrooms should become small science stations where real projects are done through subject integration:

  • How food comes to our table,
  • Self-sustained organic produce gardens on school grounds,
  • Creating renewable energy sources,
  • Exploring the surrounding flora and fauna,
  • Improving environment preservation,
  • Erasing cultural differences and building multicultural students,
  • Planning and organizing charity drives,
  • Creating theatre plays, films, compositions…
  • Learning to actively use digital technologies…

Within this multidiscipline approach to learning in the future, foremost foundation is important to foster creativity, social intelligence, but also fine motor skills, as a resource where computers, in the recent future, cannot compete. These projects, apart from students, should also involve parents, teachers, and the local community. If we are learning about how food gets to our table, for example, the most reliable information comes from a farmer, and the teacher has the role to organize an integrative day on the farm, or any other ambient classroom. The advantage of this approach is that students do not get the impression of learning, but experience this as a game, and this is precisely how my teaching concept at The Magical Village works.

Željana Radojičić Lukić

SERBIA

 

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