In the article, “The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher” the author Michael Godsey is convinced that the role of a school teacher in the coming years will shift from being a content expert to curriculum facilitator. Godsey believes that in coming 20 years, students will receive educational instruction from one large computer screen called a “Super-teacher” and teachers need not to be a curriculum expert rather they will be more of technical facilitators.
I somewhat agree to the point raised by Godsey in the article that in coming years technology is going to take over the traditional methods of teaching in the classroom but disagree that teachers will just function as a technical facilitator. With the fast changing technology, I agree that the teachers will have to find innovative ways to teach and will have to embrace technology in everyday lesson plan. Teachers should utilize free lesson plans website like TeachersPayTeaches and videos from Khan Academy and inculcate them with curriculum when necessary. But we also know that each child learns differently and teachers have to adapt different teaching methods in a classroom to facilitate diverse learners. Some students are visual learners some are kinesthetic; a teacher need to understand needs of students in a classroom when deciding a lesson plan in class. Teacher not only acts as a content area expert but also helps in developing social and emotional skills of their students. Students gain a valuable relationship of trust and affection towards a teacher, which cannot be replaced by technology. Students can learn content knowledge by watching videos on computer screen but need to apply and share knowledge under the expert guidance of a teacher. Teacher can introduce podcasts and flipped learning in classroom to keep students motivated to learn new subjects but group activities, peer learning and brainstorming sessions are equally important. I would like to conclude this by using a quote from Bill Gates that “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.”