5 Attributes Of A Modern School
What steps must every school take to reach a total reform in education?
Education always comes last when discussing reform. In any kind of reform schools are always behind. I admit I have studied in a well prepared school with a chemistry lab, computer lab, library, and top teachers. But when I look around in my environment, I notice that most schools are keeping with the traditional style. They never step forward to make any change unless they become obliged to by authorities. Take for example the “overhead projector”. Overhead projectors first introduced to the market in 1895 and up till today lots of schools don’t have one. And this is the case with every invention. Most schools lack TVs, computers, copiers, and lab instruments.
Schools are educational institutes. And education requires frequent updates to follow up with every epoch. So how can schools come back to the right track and transform from a traditional style into a modern one.
Introduce Coding Courses to Students:
Coding is the future. And coding lectures must be offered to students from elementary school. We are in a digital age where technology plays a major role in educational and personal lives. Any software, app, video game, or webpage is an outcome of coding. Thus coding nowadays is not only for software engineers as it has been before. Schools can choose any language to train students about it: Python, C, C++, Java, etc.
Coding is a major requirement for education. Students who experience coding from an early age will gain a logical way of thinking. Moreover, coding along with computational techniques will help prepare students to compete for different jobs in the future. Everything around us is being automated. Computers play the major role in any industry and you can never imagine a company these days without computers or web presence.
Lecture in Slides instead of filling blackboards with crowded proofs:
During school, we used to be old-fashioned. Most of the teachers write down lectures on blackboards while reciting it. Students, on the other hand, write behind on their copybooks while trying to listen and comprehend ideas. So why not take a forward step similar to that of college? Schools should purchase overhead projectors so that teachers display their lecture papers in slides. In this manner, teachers are much more able to focus their eyes on students and understand their impressions. Moreover, it’ll be much practical if students are given handouts enabling them focus much on the lecturer instead of writing and trying to focus at the same time. Anyway, we’ll talk about this in the next point.
Make Lectures available on USB or Online so that students can focus on the lecture instead of writing all stuff:
Multitasking is a real mess. I remember our math teacher at school saying that when you’re watching TV, you’re never able to focus on both, the news anchor and the written news in the bottom. And this is right! So why not apply this formula to schools. Today everyone got a laptop, and so do teachers. Enabling students to buy their USBs and copy the lectures from the teacher turn to be workable. Thus, students turn relaxed they got the lectures in their pockets and therefore they need not to worry about copying from the board or from their peers. In this way they are only responsible to focus on the teacher who won’t suffer from writing anymore and is able to focus on his students.
Another way of making lectures available to students are online. So we assume here that the school has a website and teachers register to it in order to upload their lectures. In this case, lectures will be available forever online. If for some reason any modification is to be applied to the lecture, the teacher can do so easily. Another option for having lectures available online are registering for Moodle or EDUonGo which are learning platforms that enable users to manage their course materials or exams through it.
Teachers and students should communicate through messaging apps in groups:
Messaging apps are everywhere and most people download several chat apps on their devices. Moreover, students similar to any other adults, have their smartphones. Even if they do not show it during lectures but for sure they got one with them. So why not pick up one messaging app every student in class use and create a group for each course. In that way, teachers can update students with any new. And students are able to ask questions about their studies. This method is so simple and makes it easy for students and teachers to communicate.
Engage in Science Fairs:
I remember at my school -DKEC- that every year we set up into groups to represent the school at a Science Fair. This fair takes place in Lebanese American University (LAU). Indeed, this was a great experience to showcase our projects to university students and staff along with other attenders from different schools. Such an experience appears to be a major supplement to education. It helps build students’ personalities by involving socially with other peers and staff. It also prepare students to compete for future projects in university and work. Science fairs also help students’ brains grow by exposing them to different scientific aspects which requires them to find solutions that best suit their case.