Tuesday, June 5, 2012

21 Signs You Are a 21st Century Teacher

As teaching methods continue to evolve with our ever changing generations of students, do you ever wonder am I, as a teacher, evolving with them? We spend so much time talking about preparing our students for the 21st century with the proper technology skills but not as much time talking about preparing ourselves. What makes a "21st century teacher"? What types of things should you be researching, learning, and doing? Glad you asked....SimpleK12 has a fabulous blog called "I <3 EdTech" (bookmark now!) where they discuss such topics. Somewhat recently, they created a list of 21 things that characterize a 21st century teacher.


How many can you check off????


1. You require your students to use a variety of sources for their research projects...and they cite blogs, podcasts, and interviews they've conducted via Skype.
2. Your students work on collaborative projects...with students in Australia.
3. You give weekly class updates to parents...via your blog.
4. Your students participate in class...by tweeting their questions and comments.
5. You ask your students to study and create reports on a controversial topic...and you grade their video submissions.
6. You prepare substitutes with detailed directions...via Podcasts.
7. You ask your students to do a character/historical person study...and they create mock social media profiles of their character.
8. Your students create a study guide...working together on a group wiki.
9. You share lesson plans with your teacher friends...from around the globe.
10. Your classroom budget is tight...but it doesn't matter because there are so many free resources on the web you can use.
11. You realize the importance of professional development...and you read blogs, join online communities, and tweet for self development.
12. You take your students on a field trip to the Great Wall of China...and never leave your classroom.
13. Your students share stories of their summer vacation...through an online photo repository.
14. You visit the Louvre with your students...and don't spend a dime.
15. You teach your students not to be bullies...or cyberbullies.
16. You make your students turn in their cell phones before class starts...because you plan on using them in class.
17. You require your students to summarize a recent chapter...and submit it to you via a text message.
18. You showcase your students' original work...to the world.
19. You have your morning coffee...while checking your RSS feed.
20. You are reading this.
21. You tweet this page, blog about it, "like" it, or email it to someone else...

***If you would like to read the full article click here.