Teaching can be a challenging job. In a similar manner to most professions, teachers tend to enter the teaching realm with the perfect vision of what the job entails. Instead, they often encounter totally different set of challenges every day. For instance, schools are often faced with bureaucracy and financial related problems that teachers have to navigate in order to develop the best learning environments. There are better ways that schools can change to improve students’ learning experience.
Here is a guide on how school systems can implement effective changes:
Teachers should assume the role of change leaders
One of the major frustrations that school systems are grappling with is the manner in which they are organized. While the standard hierarchy made sense in the past, the roles of superintendents as well as administrators are increasingly becoming disconnected from the roles assumed by teachers. Crucial decisions concerning, for instance, finances, technology or scheduling are done with little input of teachers. Moreover, decision making in most school systems are basically for hoodwinking the public because authority rests with top level school administrators and parents at the expense of teachers. As such, institutions of learning require a new role that provides the best teachers with some level of autonomy over learning and implementing change. This would help to disrupt the Education profession in a positive manner in terms of creating opportunities for teachers to not only grow, but also scale the ladder in their careers rather that remaining static in one position. In essence, it has reached a point where it is increasingly becoming an imperative for teachers to empower themselves with the aim of effecting meaningful changes that are necessary to establishing the best learning environments for all their students.
Consider using student data and feedback to inform learning decisions
While it seems controversial if perceived that such data is used to fire teachers or reflect negatively on a school, the intention here is to use student data to demonstrate the effective a particular program, teachers or a school in general is. It is important for school systems to involve students and teachers in the decision-making processes, and here is where the use of assessment data as well as feedback evaluations are essential. Schools also need to leverage technology tools and resources with the aim of developing better systems for evaluating students as well as their personal feedback to foster the implementation of meaningful changes.
There is need for a greater emphasis on developing ‘innovation labs in institutions of learning
Schools are always in a rush to implement short term strategies and tools for quick fixes that are unsustainable in the long run. To avoid investing heavily in a passing fad, schools should consider creating innovation labs that can enable teachers and students to experiment with new ideas. The benefits that schools can derive from such innovation labs include, for instance, improving decisions on teaching approaches, school scheduling and grading system. In general, creating innovation labs can help school systems to become more agile and always prepared for new changes.
The Education profession is characterized by numerous challenges and this guide can be a starting point for school systems learn how to implement effective changes that are essential in improving student learning experiences in a more consistent manner.