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What place do advanced technologies occupy in a modern school, why is it important to turn to traditional approaches in education, and why do teachers need professional competitions? Moscow teachers shared their thoughts on the work of a modern teacher with mos.ru.

Last week we went to the capital’s schools and kindergartens one and a half million children… They will be trained by 56 thousand teachers and almost 31 thousand educators. Obviously, this is not an easy task, so the Moscow Government is creating all the conditions so that children can receive relevant knowledge and skills, and teachers have good working conditions and decent remuneration for their work.

The life of a schoolteacher has changed noticeably over the past 10 years: a decent salary, grants, competitions and, of course, MES. Read the mos.ru article on how the city helps the teachers of the capital and what opportunities they have for professional development.

From slate boards to interactive panels

A modern teacher is a specialist who must combine traditional approaches to learning and innovation, as well as find an ideal balance between them, says Andrey Yezhkov, a biology teacher at school No. 1529 named after A.S. Griboyedov. At the same time, it is important that the teacher does not force the child to study, but instills interest in it and the desire to achieve success on his own.

“The teacher helps the child to navigate in all the variety of professions and subjects, to identify the most interesting moments for him and move on in the chosen direction,” says Andrei Yezhkov.

Manana Zakharenkova, a primary school teacher at school No. 1520 named after the Kaptsovs, also speaks about the need to combine the best traditions of education and modern technologies in work. For this, she notes, the teachers of the capital have the necessary tools – from ordinary chalk and slate boards to interactive panels, tablets, laptops, high-speed Wi-Fi and other technologies.

Digital Assistant to the Modern Teacher

The biggest innovation of this kind was the project “Moscow Electronic School” (“MESH”). It was launched in pilot mode in September 2016, and in 2017 all schools in the capital entered the single information space of the online platform. The project has become a real digital assistant for teachers and an integral part of the capital’s education system.

MES allows the teacher to use a wide range of teaching materials and tools during the lesson. V library MES contains more than two million digital educational materials: lesson scripts, electronic study guides, textbooks, works of fiction, unique virtual laboratories, test tasks and interactive applications. Self-study materials are also available for children, including practice tests and exam preparation programs.

“Of course, all this is a good help to the teacher. I do not need to waste time – drawing diagrams on the board, coming up with how to depict something. And children have the opportunity to work in detail using various tools, ”explains Manana Zakharenkova.

Thanks to technology, the modern teacher becomes truly mobile and preparation for lessons can take place anywhere.

“You can create educational materials not only at your desk at school, but also when you go to the subway, sit at a table in a cafe or relax in a park. For example, this summer, while in another region, I looked at the platform, selected materials for use in the upcoming academic year, ”adds Manana Zakharenkova.

By the way, one of the undeniable advantages of the Moscow Electronic School is that it frees teachers from time-consuming paperwork: no need to manually rewrite the class list, lesson plan and homework. The curriculum is automatically loaded from the previously loaded calendar-thematic planning, and grades are entered into the electronic journal with just a couple of clicks using any gadget.

The capabilities of the MES were especially in demand in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. The online platform has become the main resource for organizing distance learning. Thanks to this, the study of Moscow schoolchildren was not interrupted.

With the help of “MES” the teachers not only conducted lessons, but also controlled the progress, the mode of study and rest of the children, and also communicated with the parents.

“Without such a digital platform, no movement in this direction would probably have been possible. I just can’t imagine how children would receive education in a pandemic without electronic resources and options for online learning, ”notes Andrei Yezhkov.

“Teacher for the change”

In October last year, in the midst of a pandemic, the service resumed its work “Teacher for the change”… Then he came in very handy. The service helps school principals quickly find temporary replacements for sick teachers. By the way, many of the participants are students of pedagogical universities who act as teachers’ assistants. This is a great chance for them not only to gain practical experience, but also to find a job.

“I took part in the project after teaching practice, and the school then offered me a job on a permanent basis. The “substitute teacher” gave me not only great experience, but also a job opportunity, ”says Maria Smirnova, a teacher of Russian language and literature at school No. 1375.

Growth points for the teacher

A recent graduate of the Moscow City Pedagogical University, Maria Smirnova, is sure that digital technologies, for all their importance, are unable to completely replace the work of teachers. But at the same time, teachers must maintain a high professional level.

To this end, Moscow is constantly developing training programs. Teachers can sit down at their desk again in Corporate University of Moscow Education and City methodological center

They also have the opportunity to join courses on the portal additional professional education of teachers of the city of Moscow… Modern solutions for organizing pedagogical work are collected on the portal “Homeroom teacher online”

In addition to additional education, contests are another growth opportunity for a teacher as a specialist. “If we do not develop, we will be very far behind our children and will speak different languages,” notes Manana Zakharenkova, who became one of the winners of the competition. “Teachers of the Year in Moscow – 2021”

According to her, the tasks that participants in intellectual competitions receive are sometimes varied and unexpected. To successfully complete them, you need to have knowledge not only of your academic subject, but also in the field of other disciplines. All this broadens the teacher’s horizons and helps professionally, Manana Zakharenkova is sure.

Educators and young teachers of the capital also have an opportunity to prove themselves in professional competitions. For specialists who have recently started their work in this area, a competition is held annually “Young teachers for Moscow education”… Its participants can share their ideas on what needs to be developed in a modern school. And for workers in the preschool education sector, there is a competition of pedagogical skills and public recognition “Educator of the Year in Moscow”.

Honored Teacher’s Badge and Financial Support

According to the Moscow Department of Education and Science, the average salary of a Moscow teacher is 117,000 rubles. During the school year, teachers can also count on additional incentive payments.

“The growth of salaries, of course, depends on the workload, the availability of classroom guidance, additional statuses and the position of the teacher at school. For example, the work of a homeroom teacher is now well paid. There are a lot of additional payments for it, and it seems to me that at the moment the efforts of the class teacher are definitely justifying themselves in material terms, ”says Andrei Yezhkov.

In addition, teachers from the capital can receive a grant for their contribution to the development of MES.

Paid for today over 4.5 thousand grants… Almost two thousand teachers from more than 460 schools in Moscow received them. By the end of 2020, the most active developers of materials were teachers of the English language, elementary school, Russian language and literature.

The highest form of encouraging teachers in the city is a badge of honor “Honored teacher of the city of Moscow”… It is awarded to teachers who have received the highest qualification category and have been working in the city’s education system for at least 15 years. The owners of the mark receive a cash prize, its size is 300 thousand rubles.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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