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Five characteristics to evaluate yourself as an effective 21st-century educator
posted by: Jill | September 21, 2011, 01:55 PM   

We are regularly reminded that our students are 21st century learners. We know that we need to be infusing them with 21st century skills. And don't forget that all of this is because the 21st century job market and 21st century technology demand a different kind of worker, a different kind of thinking. But here is a little food for thought: who is teaching these little digital natives? Obviously, we the teachers have a good hand in that education. So how would you rate yourself as a 21st century educator?

Take a look at a recent eSchool News article by online editor, Meris Stansberry.  It offers five characteristics of effective 21st century educators. Commentary found along with the list was generated by educators all over the nation through an eSchool News poll.  How do your views and actions compare with the responses?

An effective 21st century educator:

  1. Anticipates the future.
  2. Is a lifelong learner.
  3. Fosters peer relationships.
  4. Can teach and assess all levels of learners.
  5. Is able to discern effective vs. non-effective technology.
More or less, the younger generation of educators is taking hold of such practices, it's more second nature to them. Many seasonsed educators have expressed to me their fear to learn new technology. Some have expressed false fears which have been planted by those who would maintain the status quo. A few have flat-out refused to accept the diverse and drastic changes occurring—this number is shrinking. Yet overall, I can say that the majority of teachers with whom I speak are eager to try new tools and methods for the sake of improving their students' learning. They are yearning for the training. (Most are catching on to the fact that much of their "training" is through self-guided exploration and experimentation at home on the comfy couch with a laptop perched on their knees.)

As you evaluate yourself, I invite you to make specific decisions about how your will begin/improve/continue on your path as a 21st century educator. Please share them below.


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written by Victoria Miles, September 24, 2011

21st century teachers incorporate technology into all phases of their work including:
- planning student-centered lessons with hyperlinks
- creating digital files which are easily shared
- performance tasks that appeal to all learning styles & needs
- communication with parents and students via email, wikis or blogs
- using a digital grading system accessible to students and parents

A 21st century teacher's classroom is dynamic. Seats are often positioned in cooperative groups. There are few, if any, file cabinets, as most work is paperless. Students know where to access tools to help them succeed, and are free to retrieve the tools they want. Student work, often informal assessments, is displayed on walls.

21st century teachers know the value of communication. Students learn to discuss the subject matter in small groups and with the whole class. Cooperative group discussions are focused on the learning objectives.

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