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Authentic roles of the 21st century teacher

  1. 1. May 28th, 2014 Berca, “Sf. Mucenic Sava” Technological High School Authentic Roles of the 21st Century Teacher
  2. 2. The 21st Century Learners are: • collaborative • adaptive • information, media and technology savvy • communicators • immediate and instant • require instant gratification • creators and adaptors
  3. 3. What does it mean to teach English to a 21st century learner? If teachers can only provide: content, facts, dates, formulas, research, theories, stories and information which can be found anywhere, anytime, on anything … …isn’t our role in the lives of our students obsolete? We are no longer the main source of knowledge. But we have the responsibility to teach how these new resources can be handled, how the information available can be validated, synthesized, leveraged, communicated and used in real life contexts, to solve real life problems.
  4. 4. The 21st Century educator is… The Visionar y The Leader The Learner The Communicator The Adaptor The Model The Collaborator The Risk - Taker
  5. 5. Adaptability “able to change or be changed in order to deal successfully with new situations “ (Oxford Learner’s Dictionary); It requires personalized content/ instruction/interaction and adapting the curriculum to each individual learner. The solution could be social technologies like blogs, and a dynamic, teaching style inclusive of different ways of learning.
  6. 6. Flexibility “able to change to suit new conditions or situations” (Oxford Learner’s Dictionary) - It is the idea that your plans can change very quickly; - It means incorporating feedback (good or bad criticism) into your teaching; - On-the-spot changes may also need to be made based on certain situations in the classroom, often without prior realization.
  7. 7. Communication Teachers communicate to perform six necessary functions: - Set direction for the learning (goal setting) - Provide relevance for the learning (motivation) - Guide the learning activity (methodology) - Indicate when the learning is successfully accomplished (assessment & evaluation) - Manage classroom environment - Engage in social activity
  8. 8. Teachers as Learners Learner: one who uses study, instruction, or experience to gain knowledge, understanding, or skill “Is it utopian to propose that teachers be permitted and expected to learn too?” (Frances Hawkins)
  9. 9. The Leader, the Mentor, the Catalyst of Change Teacher leaders assume a wide range of roles to support school and student success. Whether these roles are assigned formally or shared informally, they build the entire school's capacity to improve. Because teachers can lead in a variety of ways, many experienced teachers can serve as leaders among their (younger) colleagues.
  10. 10. The Visionary Imagination, a key component of adaptability, is a crucial component of any educator. We must see the potential in the emerging tools and web technologies, grasp these and manipulate them to serve our needs in class. The visionary also looks across the disciplines and through the curricula. They can make links that reinforce and value learning in other areas, and leverage other fields to reinforce their own teaching and the learning of
  11. 11. The Collaborator Blogger, Wikispaces, MSN, MySpace, Facebook . As educators we must be able to leverage these collaborative tools to enhance and captivate our
  12. 12. The Risk Taker We must take risks and sometimes surrender ourselves to the students’ knowledge, use the strengths of the digital natives to understand and navigate new products, have the students teach each other. The learning pyramid shows that the highest retention of knowledge comes from teaching others. Let’s trust our students.
  13. 13. Should our teaching provide Entertainment or Engagement? Entertainment is • passive • for enjoyment • short-lived • doesn’t require relevance • escape from problems • using the creativity of others Engagement is: • active • for learning • long term-results • meaningful and applicable • solving problems • using the creativity of the participant
  14. 14. What do students need to do?
  15. 15. What skills to provide…
  16. 16. What types of activities to use
  17. 17. Last but not least…
  18. 18. Bibliography the-communicator/ leadership/sept07/vol65/num01/Ten-Roles-for- Teacher-Leaders.aspx
  19. 19. Thank you So much for your time & attention! Mrs Emilia Frinculeasa “Radu Vladescu” Theoretical High School http://englishteachingonthebuzauvall