• Tue. May 28th, 2024

Your Voice: The Biggest Challenges for the Future of Teaching

Education is one of the foundations of modern society, and our educators are the determining factor of how it gets done. The Clarion has taken time to have a quick chat with our current student body to see what they’re worried about.

When generally asked about the most difficult aspect of teaching, the immediate response relates to children. The responsibility that educators have to future generations is immense. How does one measure what it entails to be an effective educator?

Additionally, teachers fear not being organized enough. Classroom management is centered around having an organized classroom, and those we spoke with fear that if anything becomes in disarray that they will not have proper control of their students. The fear is not as impactful of a lesson when things are unorganized.

London Cary, who is studying to teach kindergarten, spoke with The Clarion. Photo Credit: Faith Harrel

“My biggest concern is understanding where students are, and how to prioritize bringing them up to level,” she said.

Since educators have the greatest control of what students learn, a daunting task is to figure out how to make sure no one gets left behind.

Furthermore, Cary addressed the concern of “being able to discipline the children properly, without being too soft or cruel.”

“I find that finding more resources is a big factor for me. I also think student teaching in the classroom and guidelines before I’m out in the field will be most beneficial. Finding help from superiors may be best for the first few years,” Cary said when speaking about how to feel more confident about her teaching abilities. 

Trey Clements, a former elementary teacher, and current professor in the Education Department at Sinclair, spoke about the challenges that future educators may face.

“I believe pre-service teachers and first-year teacher candidates should be prepared for the nuances of classroom management. This is often one of the most difficult aspects of the job. It is a skill set that many overlook working on until they are starting their first job,” he said.

Classroom management includes keeping students organized and focused. Photo Credit: Canva

“In an attempt to prepare oneself, it is not a bad idea to begin intentionally planning their approach to this work while allowing room for adjustment and flexibility as each year will be a different approach due to the individuals in their classes,” Professor Clements said.

Finally, he gave suggestions for how to overcome potential challenges in the classroom.

“Begin familiarizing yourself with the material (reading, conversations, asking questions, conferences, collaboration, etc.). Once in your first position, begin observing those with strong skill sets and adopt ideas that you feel you can implement. Be sure to ask for help and look for opportunities to collaborate. There will also be a need to experiment, explore, and reflect throughout the process.”

Prospective teachers all share similar worries going forward in the field of education. However, do not be afraid because you are not alone and there is no shame in asking for help.

Faith Harrel, Reporter and Advertising Representative

(Featured Image from Canva)