8 comments on “Who is the 21st Century Teacher?

  1. The wonderful thing about the Portrait of a Graduate of 2020 is that it is a clear, almost tangible list of attributes and descriptions to which we can keep pointing ourselves and our actions. It was so great to see the categories of the portrait show up in a template for students as they prepare for their student led conference with parents. In each category were the behaviors and actions that demonstrated the acquisition of the characteristic of the Graduate.

    The Characteristics of Professional Excellence may need the same sort of personal reflection that we are asking of our students.

    • Yes, the ownership of the Portrait by the teachers has been fantastic to observe and watch its use develop and expand across the grade levels.


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  3. A very thoughtful and clear listing. Thank you. Here a few more ideas for your list.

    Finding ways to engage students in learning activities/projects giving them ownership over information gathering and learning project creation involves a great deal of creativity. This creativity process also involves knowing how to design meaningful WebQuests, eTextbooks, slideshows, video, etc. as delivery mechanisms for the projects. Effective teachers know how to move beyond textbooks to create their own curriculum resources often partnering with their students in the process.

    Educators having the skills of “Information and Communication Literacies” (ICL) connects to your PD point of knowing where to get information while also being a part of a community by sharing one’s ideas via blog posts, journal articles, podcasts and/or tweets. The literacies of media and information interpretation, selecting the technology tools to best meet the task, good design as in layout and image use, etc. are what we teach the students so we should of course be modeling them.

    • David,

      I agree completely. As we consider 21st century skills for our students – creativity and design-thinking paramount on most lists – we must provide adequate professional development and training for our teachers to model the same in their curricula and lessons.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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