The 21st Century Teacher Beverlee AndrewsEME 2040 – Introduction to Technology for Educators Digital Story Telling – Due 12/7/12
Competencies for Teachers of the 21st CenturyTechnology: The professional teacher uses technology (as appropriate) to establish anatmosphere of active learning with existing and emerging technologies available at the schoolsite. She/he provides students with opportunities to use technology to gather and shareinformation with others, and facilitates access to the use of electronic resources.Students are much more technologically savvy today, but technology changes soquickly that it’s difficult for everyone to keep up with the latest wave. As a teacher,in order to help my students learn, I need to be keep up with them. I have learnedthat there are many tools available to assist with helping students learn – meetingthem where they are – which involves excitement for technology. Students learnbest when they understand the materials and are engaged in learning materialsthat meet their different learning styles. Whether it involves engaging them withmaterial derived from online sources, or designing a learning experience wherethey are learning contextually, it is my responsibility as their teacher to supportthem in learning using the latest tools available.
Competencies for Teachers of the 21st CenturyLearning Environments: The professional teacher understands the importance of setting upeffective learning environments and begins to experiment with a variety of them, seeking toidentify those which work best in a particular situation. The teacher provides the opportunitiesfor student input into behavioral expectations by helping students develop a set of sharedvalues and beliefs, by encouraging them to envision the environment in which they like to learn,by providing occasions for reflection upon the rules and consequences that would create anenvironment and by honoring dissent.One example of what I learned related to this competency is the idea ofincluding my students in the development of the AUP. Although a few in the discussion groups disagreed with including students in this process,my view is that since the school already has an AUP which requires both student andtheir parents to sign, I will incorporate more specific rules into my classroom AUP. Iwould involve the students in the creation of the classroom AUP that would be“owned” by the class. To do this, I would enhance their critical thinking skills byconducting a SWOT analysis with each class, identifying the Strengths, Weaknesses,Opportunities, and Threats inherent in this classroom technology I would ask thestudents to create a standard for breaking the classroom rules and provide a processfor what happens when a student disregards the rules established by the class. Byallowing the students to be a part of the process of establishing the rules, they willself-police their own behavior and the classroom activities using technology will bean integral part of their learning, rather than being viewed as a struggle by bothteacher and students. Severe discipline issues will be handled accordingly.
Competencies for Teachers of the 21st CenturyContinuous Improvement: The professional teacher recognizes the need to strengthen her/histeaching through self-reflection and commitment to lifelong learning. The teacher becomesaware of and is familiar with the School Improvement Plan. The teacher’s continuedprofessional improvement is characterized by participation in inservice, participation inschool/community committees, and designing and meeting the goals of a professionaldevelopment plan.This course is part of my continued professional development for teacherrecertification. I am impressed by the vast amount of technology that is available forteachers’ today and I believe that all teachers should be exposed to learning aboutthe latest available. I strive to stay current on the technologies and reflect upon thelearning gains that result from continuously learning and making improvements alongthe way. I have used data to enhance my performance and experiment with newteaching practices. I participate in learning communities and share with others.Staying involved and positive is the key to successfully connecting with both studentsand teachers.
Competencies for Teachers of the 21st CenturyRole of the Teacher: The professional teacher establishes opens lines of communication andworks cooperatively with families, educational professionals, and other members of thestudent’s support system to promote continuous improvement of the educational experience.Teachers have the potential to impact students’ lives in a myriad of ways. How ateacher reacts to a student, expressions said, confidence and trust established… allcan provide students with support or harm. It is very important for teachers to beadvocates for students by working with the families to establish what is needed tobest educate the individual student. Understanding their background helps tounderstand them better, so personal goals can be met. In my teaching experience, Ihave learned many things from my students, including compassion andunderstanding. By providing them with the opportunities to express themselves,(within reason) they develop a trust in and a respect for me as their teacher. Myexperience has been that students need teachers to be more than disciplinarians, butto be a sounding board for them when they need attention. Involving familymembers, as appropriate is wise and creates an inclusive environment.