New teachers, new learners

‘If a child can’t learn the way we teach,

maybe we should teach the way they learn’

Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada


New teacher and new learner 

The teaching profession is changing and it’s changing fast. We need to be aware of the change and embrace it. Even though there is no denying that our students still need to have a solid content knowledge to enable them to access quality information and even though our students research skills are often poor (they need to have a knowledge base on which to evaluate resources), our future role as teachers is unlikely to be about just “sharing content”: indeed, we now have content at our fingertips via mobile phone, laptops or tablets. What we are likely to offer in the future is therefore a combination of the following:


  • Teaching, learning, mentoring, guiding
  • Differentiation, student passport, one to one tuition
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Information management
  • Adaptability


This list is by no means an exhaustive one. Many people are trying to compile lists of skills that would in turn help anyone learn almost anything. Below are a few research or educational groups and their own lists of 21st century skills. You will see that many of them agree on a core list including solution fluency, creativity fluency, collaboration fluency, media fluency and information fluency

  • P21’s Partnership for 21st Century Learning

  • Edutopia

  • Glossary of Education Reform

  • Envision

  • Global Digital Citizen Foundation

  • And finally my own list: 

New skills