1) No stagnancy: For a system to work – be it at the primary level or in universities imparting higher education, there needs to be a design that helps to keep things rolling. Any form of constants in imparting education defeats its most general purpose of giving knowledge. A professional learning community goes a long way to ensure that stagnancy does not get a rank in teaching techniques.
2) Resistance to Change: By nature, we do not like to change and that applies to most things. Stepping out of the comfort zone poses a great challenge to create new paths as well as to accept those new ways.For example, often there is resistance in a community when a certain process is changed in theneigbourhood school. It often takes years to apply an upgraded teaching strategy and to prove that it works.
3) Percolation: Any change that is created at the top level of the education system has to trickle down to the last rank. Similarly, changes in the smaller ranks have to go up to the right levels above it. This movement is not as easy as it may sound.
4) Adapting to technology: Teaching methods have to be adapted according to the latest trends in technology. From the traditional chalk and talk methods of teaching, classrooms have now transformed to accomodate ultra modern audio and visual aids. Use of computers, laptops or even Ipads are common in teaching these days.
5) Networking: One of the most significant upgrades to the education system is the creation of digital networks across various institutions. Now higher education bodies can network and reach out to high schools or even primary schools thus bringing advanced and improved techniques right to the doorstep of the neighbourhood school.
While it is important to create change, it is equally important to see that this change is implemented. A professional learning community can become the platform for creating and implementing the upgradation of teaching methods.