It cannot be denied that teaching is a rewarding yet challenging career. It demands broad knowledge of subject matter, curriculum, and standards; enthusiasm, a caring attitude, and a love of learning; knowledge of discipline and classroom management techniques; and a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.
At Trinity, our teachers are passionate, engaging and committed to their profession. As parents we don’t often get an insight into the vast and varied tasks that teachers undertake behind the scenes. It is easy to forget that the fun and engaging activities that our children enjoy in the classroom are the result of planning, lifelong learning, and experience that is juggled with many administrative tasks.
So, what are the main challenges facing teachers today?
1. Integrating curriculum with 21st century learning skills
It may be the 21st Century but many schools have yet to make the shift to the new millennium’s styles of teaching and learning. An overloaded curriculum can leave teachers overwhelmed when trying to develop critical thinking, problem solving skills, curiosity, entrepreneurship and digital analysis.
2. Development and growth in Information Communications Technology (ICT)
The students in our classrooms are true digital natives, spending most of their personal time using digital devices for entertainment and communication purposes. Often, they are more knowledgeable than the adults in their lives of various social media apps, electronic games and multimedia entertainment; and all this from an extraordinarily young age.
3. Collaboration with peers
The very nature of a teacher’s job can be isolating, with many teachers struggling to find time in the school day to confer with colleagues and engage in pedagogical professional conversations.
4. Identifying effective ideas
So many ideas are available on the internet, but identifying which ones are effective is a common problem for many teachers who can be overwhelmed by an almost infinite amount of ideas, resources and tools available online.
5. Curriculum overload
Schools have become the ‘go-to place’ for many social ills and issues, with continuous demands from government to implement new programmes. Adding this to a primary curriculum of 12 subject areas, it’s natural and understandable for teachers to feel overwhelmed and overloaded.
6. There are more children needing support with fewer resources
Diagnosis of learning needs is more prevalent now than it ever was, with more and more children with specific special educational needs integrated in our classes.
7. Time is a scarce resource
Any analysis of a school’s strengths and challenges will identify time as the biggest challenge facing a school and its staff, who often don’t have time to converse, plan and research.
At Trinity, we know that the quality of your son’s education hinges largely on the teachers who provide it, a responsibility we take very seriously. It is well documented that highly effective teaching improves student outcomes. More than this, teachers have a marked impact on a child’s enthusiasm for learning and life in general.
Our Practice of Teaching at Trinity (POTT) ensures teachers are supported, empowered, prepared and constantly learning and exchanging ideas to provide the best learning environments for our students. Our pastoral care extends to nurturing and supporting all staff and families – not just students. Our educators’ length of tenure is a testament to their commitment and dedication – with many teachers serving for 10 years or more.
At Trinity Grammar School, we take pride in our highly-skilled and passionate academic team.To learn more about the vital role that teachers play in school communities, visit our School Communities page.
To meet our exceptional teachers and learn more about the Trinity difference and how we guide boys to realise their potential, passions and purpose in life, register for our upcoming Open Day.