Understanding modern teaching methods is important when planning and designing effective flexible learning environments.



So what are modern teaching methods? In simple terms, it’s adjusting teaching methods and processes that allow us as a society to keep up with an incredibly fast-paced, rapidly changing world and technology.

Gone are the days where teachers stood before a blackboard and taught a strict, regimented and unwavering curriculum, where students recited facts and dates and crammed these nuggets of knowledge into their brains to pour them onto exam papers once a year.

Now, teachers and students work collaboratively to solve problems in an innovative, creative manner, and integrate technology into every school day. They use modern resources such as computers and tablets, interactive whiteboards and the Internet, yet must still remain within the set New Zealand Curriculum.

Incorporating modern technology, along with modern ideas, requires greater flexibility from our teachers than in the past: the ability to teach in innovative, transformative ways to keep students engaged, creative, and able to experiment, because these are the sorts of skills that will be asked of them by future employers.

Modern teaching methods must allow students to take ownership of their learning, to become independent and resilient.

The complexity of working these modern learning methods and the requirement to future-proof our students into the existing New Zealand Curriculum and school environment can be enormous. Part of the challenge is that our teachers are required to prepare students for possibilities and opportunities they may encounter during their working life, without really knowing, yet, what those possibilities are. 

What modern teaching will look like in practice here in Marlborough at the new co-located campus is, to some degree, up to us.

The community must agree on what learning values are most important to us as Marlburians, New Zealanders and global citizens.

The exploration between our teachers, students, parents and community about what good learning actually looks like is a crucial starting point. Once we do that we can create that flexible, purposeful space that will support the learning values we intend to encourage and move forward with.

Modern teaching methods must be supported by a relevant, future-proofed, adaptive modern learning environment that ensures our students are supported in their learning now and into the future. 

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