Salvador Rodríguez is pedagogue and author of educational reflection blog “El Blog de Salvaroj”.He has just published his first book:La educación que deja huella (Education that leaves mark).
In your blog you talk about the change in education. What is for you the main purpose of education?
Education must prepare people for life, to be able to face the challenges that he will pose throughout its existence. Therefore, it must provide them with the knowledge, values, skills, … that they allow them have a full life, as example actively participate in society, have economic independence, develop their talents, etc…
We find your blog reflections on education in times of crisis. As Salvaroj blog says: Is education really in crisis?
I like to think that the state of “crisis” is the natural state of education. I understand that education is a process entirely unattainable, learned from the cradle to the grave, which is a process in constant motion. Education can not be something immutable.
“Education must continually adapt to the liquid society in which we live, increasingly rapid scientific and technological changes, only then will fulfill its function of forming life.”
How do teachers have to adapt to change? What do you think is the importance of staying updated as teacher?
To answer this question I like a quote from Nuccio Ordine: “We often forget that a good teacher is first foremost an indefatigable student.” A teacher must always be attentive to the needs and characteristics of their students, as individuals and as group. In this sense, you should always seek appropriate responses to situations that must face and that means being constantly updated, constantly forming.
Is there anything in your personal or professional experience that is meaningful to your experience as trainer or teacher?
“I have always been convinced that you can only learn meaningfully when one is the protagonist of their learning process.”
I always explain my athletic coaching experience which it has allowed me understand that teaching is to guide, orient, help the student; but actually it is he or she who will challenge itself to the present and future challenges.
What trends are perceived in the future of education? How do you imagine the classroom over the next five years behind the technological advances that may occur?
The immediate future of education lies in the implementation in classrooms inductive methodologies that facilitate the student as creator of knowledge. Learning will be customized: what students learn in schools will be significant for this, take into account their interests. Technology can and should facilitate that process.
I imagine the immediate future classrooms as a learning community with a distinct design that allows spaces to work individually and collaboratively. I imagine a school where the desire to learn and curiosity of students are the fuel that leads them to learning.