On a post on EductionBridges.net, Jo McLeay asks, “What does it mean to be a teacher in the 21st Century?” This morning, I listened to our first few webcast’s from www.webcastademy.net to try to pick one for podcasting on Friday — as we’re on vacation — and the concept of a 21st Century Teacher comes up all the time. We specifically discussed this in show #5.
So what is a 21st Century Teacher? One that is flexible, collaborative, research based, knows the learning styles of their students, teaches to different learning styles and ability levels.
I’d also like to point out that we have a huge need for 21st Century Educational Leadership. Those leaders must have a clear understanding of the goals of their institutions, get the administrative hurdles out of their teachers way so that they can do what they do best. They must also clearly know what their teachers are responsible for and create accountability within their schools for students and teachers.
I guess the more I think of it, the more being a great teacher, administrator, or student are very similar. Know what your goals are, create a road map to those goals, practice the skills needed to get there, assess where you are along the way, and finally create a final product. That works for lesson planning, designing schools, or completing a science project, no?
All of these go into creating ethical, life-long learners — My goal for a 21st Century Citizen.
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