A civilised society serves as a foundation for cultural and social refinement in order to maintain, sustain, and extend a country's economic progress. Education is widely regarded as one of the most important aspects to consider while striving to build and enhance this foundation. For civilisations to flourish and grow, change is inherent and unavoidable.

Education: Now and in the past

When we compare education in the past to today, we can see that the major factors and main emphasis areas of concentration in the hands of stakeholders to ensure and establish education were:

  • Increase the country's literacy rate
  • Unrestricted access to high-quality education at all levels
  • Provide free education to all children up to the primary school level.

Whereas, the current educational landscape focuses mostly on futuristic features and their impact on people's lives, as well as their contribution to the nation's overall growth, whether in terms of human resources, natural resources, science and technical know-how, or economic systems.

However, in order to make education futuristic in both text and spirit, it is necessary to consider how teachers of the future will cope with today's changing needs.

At this point, our attention should be focused primarily on K-12 teachers who are responsible for meeting society's multifaceted needs.

Before we get into the specifics of what makes a future effective teacher or how the teaching profession contributes to development and nation-building, it's important to start with teacher characteristics.

What qualities will future instructors need to possess?

What will instructors and teaching be like in the future? This is a challenging topic to answer, yet there are several characteristics that can be listed to imagine the necessity.

Teachers in today's world should be aware of their strengths and challenges, know what their targets are based on the gaps, self-reflect on their practise on a regular basis, be aware of what is going on globally based on the most recent pedagogy research, be well connected with peers around the world for best practises, and be willing to share best practises with their ecosystem and beyond.

Facilitating abilities and, more crucially, absorbing them, would allow a teacher to go on the route of becoming a leader as a significant step in their professional development.

This goal can only be achieved with a lot of passion, ownership, commitment, and the ability to take on responsibilities initiated by oneself with the least amount of supervision from management and experts in the field, because a teacher is a domain specialist and repository of knowledge with expertise to nurture the learner, anyways!

What does it mean to be in a state of continual professional development?

Teachers' ongoing professional development is essential for future teachers to achieve this goal.

It is critical to have an ongoing practise in which instructors self-reflect on their academic mastery, professional development, administrative command, and research.

This, together with the development of skills and competences, would enable today's teacher to set the tone and establish a firm foundation for the future.

The ability to recognise one's own strengths and weaknesses, effective student engagement, fostering self-directed learning and curiosity, deeper learning capacity, creative thinking, mindfulness for self-care, and executing forward integration strategies with industry and higher educational institutions by engaging in dialogue sessions with university faculty members for their learners after they finish schooling, among other things, are critical.

Strong network, competencies in planning and anticipating, parent-friendly and community connect will assist them to be an educator in the genuine sense while setting an example as a role model for others.

The "how" aspect of the teaching profession, particularly in the K-12 segment, is an unseen and undefined area.

The school administration must invest in establishing the essential futuristic human resources inside the school system in order to construct a comprehensive, sustainable, and continual professional development programme for teachers.

If we become believers in machines, materials, land, buildings, and modern infrastructure rather than giving the finest real possibilities for learners and healthful growth for teachers, we are taking a direct detour from the core of education.

A child's learning journey revolves around a teacher. The instructor shapes each child's intrinsic potential and future.

As a result, it is the job of every teacher to give students with the most holistic, real, and rewarding learning experience possible.

The school administration that internalises and implements a superior continuous professional development programme for teacher enrichment has discovered the key to personalising and really gratifying each child's learning journey.

This journey begins with the instructor, who may link the learner's academic pulse rate with the rhythm of their professional heartbeats, match parent expectations, and prescribe solutions that include life, employability, and entrepreneurial skills.