I read an interesting post tonight on Cyndi Danner-Kuhn's blog Technology Bits Bytes And Nibbles that gave me pause for a moment. It was a list of 21 things that indicate you are a 21st century teacher. I was delighted to see I have accomplished many, including:
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.
Just beginning to but... room to grow for sure! My students blog regularly, and have recently begun to collaborate in pairs and small groups to add to a second Class Blog. They are beginning to look at other sites for research purposes as we continue with our Heritage Fair projects. (More on that in a later post, for sure!)
3. You give weekly class updates to parents…via your blog.
Been doing that for a couple of years! Parents (and students) have found it informative and interesting. Everything from the annual Principal's PJ Party, our collaborative poetry writing to suggested follow-up activities in Science to homework elaborated and explained with examples for parents and kids.
10. Your classroom budget is tight…but it doesn't matter because
there are so many free resources on the web you can use.
Wow, where would I be without the Science videos, Math interactive websites, online reading resources such as Scholastic Online News, archived history resources, software such as Microsofts's Photostory 3 or sites like Wordle that allow many open-ended curriculum possibilities!
11. You realize the importance of professional development…and you read blogs, join online communities, and tweet for self development.
OH, this is so true! I am very pulled into this e-learning community, finding many like-minded educators who willingly share their experiences and ideas! I am inspired by these individuals and am motivated to achieve similar things. I choose to pursue this learning in this way.
See Vicki Davis @http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/,
Shelley Wright @ http://shelleywright.wordpress.com/ or Kathy Cassidy @http://kathycassidy.yolasite.com/!
14. You visit the Louvre with your students…and don’t spend a dime.
Well, we have yet to go to that particular museum but we have certainly been to a few others. And we have delved into our provincial museum, The Rooms, located three hundred kilometres away to locate all kinds of things, including Newfoundland's significant contribution during WW1.
21. You tweet this page, blog about it, “like” it, or email it to someone else…
I did! I did! I re-tweeted it and then decided to share it in a more personal way here!
22. I would add that 21st teachers read/view, write/compose, create, critique, talk and listen with their students!
I feel one of the most powerful changes in our teaching that has gathered steam as we headed into the 21st century is the sharing of the "front of the classroom" with our students. More and more young children and our youth are being recognized for their ability to lead us in teaching and learning new concepts and skills by bringing in their experiences and expertise from home. This significant shift in how our our classrooms may [should] operate underpins so many of the so-called 'new' literacies.
I'll grant you it's not as quiet nor is it as tidy (you should see my classroom these days) but it is so much more interesting and rewarding!