What does 21st Century Education Look Like?


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  • Hi, my name is Emma and I obviously come from one of those teaching families. Dad’s a teacher by title, but Mum is a teacher by a secret wish to be. So, about 5 years ago, after much resistance, I followed in Dad’s footsteps and begrudgingly became a teacher. Luckily, this choice worked out pretty well and I learned to listen to my parents! I must say though, it’s a bit odd, being the boss’ daughter and talking to you all but I’m so glad I have the opportunity to speak to you today and I’m glad you didn’t see my name and sneak out the back. It’s been a long day for you, so I’ll try not to bore you to tears.Today I’d like to talk to you about what 21st century education actually looks like in practice. Now I am well aware that I teach in a middle of the road mainstream school and you don’t. So what I’m going to try and do today is talk in more general terms about this subject. The aim for me to share some ideas I’ve been gathering from my own experience, from fellow educators and from reading a bit of research into this. I hope that, from this, you can think a bit more about what this buzz word means for you, your students, and your school.
  • How many times have you attended a conference and a picture just like this has come up on screen? People talk an awful lot about how we need to move pedagogical practice into the 21st century…
  • But aren’t we already here???The problem is, we know we have to change, we know why we have to change, we’ve read books and perused glossy diagrams, but we’re not sure what we actually have to do to make our practice “21st century”
  • Is it the environment? Is it e-learning? Is it competences? Is it curriculum? Is it the teacher? Is it the students?I think it’s all of these things.
  • So, since you’ve been listening to people all day, I thought we could watch a cartoon from 1953. Whilst we are watching Goofy, please think about the questions on the screen.
  • Because, if you keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.Effective practice from 10, 20 years ago isn’t necessarily effective practice today.
  • Number 1, in no particular order, is the huge difference between teaching kids to be taught or teaching them to learn.The narrator talks about students “Fitting easily into the habits of a student”What compliant behaviours do we encourage compared to teaching students how to learn? How effectively do your students learn without you?In mainstream schools, we have such a factory model of education. Bells to eat and to clock in and out, sitting up straight, churning out students in batches based on little more than age…. – From my understanding, NHS is in such an enviable position with regards to this!
  • Of course reading, writing and arithmetic are important. Of course we need to know, but how much time is spent teaching how to do? How to learn? How to be successful in the world? Distilling the information I’ve come across recently, I think these skills and competencies are key for our students:Global and cultural awarenessIndependenceCollaborationSelf awarenessProblem solving and problem findingCreativityThinkingReflecting
  • Now here’s a word that’s bandied about a fair bit at the moment: personalisation. Even Goofy is said to have “A complete understanding of his pupils”To me, personalisation is two fold…Formative assessment underpins
  • This one links back to the previous 3.If students have the skills to be an effective learner, if they know their goals and what they need to work on, then the locus of control can switch from teacher to student. In the movie, Goofy is always in control – he sits/stands at the front, kids all sing the roll, he says, with authority, we will now learn geography…I wonder if kids care about those country names? I wonder if they could have more say about their learning? I wonder if they get a choice as to how they will be assessed on their new found knowledge?
  • Goofy is said to know his students well, but what does he do with this knowledge? Does he use it in the classroom? Are kids able to be in their element in at school? Is the learning real to them, or just in the text book?
  • We have such flexibility in the NZC that many constraints we have, are really enforced by ourselves. To be a 21st Century teacher in New Zealand, I think we need to utilise the autonomy allowed in the curriculum and ensure the learner is central to all that we do.Today I have needed to talk in generalities about 21st Century Education but I’ve done a fair bit of thinking on this and have a model of what I think this could look like. My blog is on the screen if you’d like more information on that.Thank you for your attention this afternoon. I’ve done exactly what I said we shouldn’t do in the 21st Century but I’ll see some of you tomorrow, and I promise I’ll do better!
  • What does 21st Century Education Look Like?

    1. 1. What does 21st Century education actually look like? 21st Century
    2. 2. 21st Century
    3. 3. 21st Century
    4. 4. 21st Century
    5. 5. What has remained the same? What has changed? What should remain the same? What should change? 21st Century
    6. 6. "If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got." -- Henry Ford 21st Century
    7. 7. Teaching students to be taught or to learn? 21st Century
    8. 8. • Global and cultural awareness • Independence • Collaboration • Self awareness • Problem solving and problem finding • Creativity • Thinking • Reflecting Skills and competencies 21st Century
    9. 9. Personalisation 21st Century
    10. 10. Locus of Control 21st Century
    11. 11. Ensuring learning is real, authentic, organic. Ensuring learning pertains to students’ interests and needs. 21st Century
    12. 12. 21st Century www.my-learning.me SO! What does 21st Century education actually look like?