Top 10 Signs You’re a 21st Century Teacher

8 Dec

From the December 2011 Issue of Antioch Center for School Renewal:

Top 10 Signs You’re a 21st Century Teacher
10.  The whiteboard in your classroom makes you happy- but you think you could do more with it.

9.  You know (or are pretty sure) that FaceBook or Twitter could be about more than just keeping track of old friends and celebrities.

8.  You expect your students to solve problems on their own, using you as a resource of last resort.

7.  You’re pretty sure that your students are smarter than they get credit for being.

6.  Your ideal class is one where the students are doing the work and you’re guiding them along.

5.  You love to answer a question with a question.

4.  Messy is good- and (controlled) chaos makes you happy.

3.  You know your students well- and you like them.

2.  You see technology as a tool for a job, but not the job itself.

1.  You know that you’re never, ever done growing.

3 Responses to “Top 10 Signs You’re a 21st Century Teacher”

  1. Matt Woodrow December 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    #2 & #5 are my fav’s! Love answering questions with questions!

  2. checker December 8, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    Love #7….. so true!!
    Love #4 to, guided chaos often leads to the most creative, authentic learning, even with the youngest of learners!
    #1= words to live by!

    • Mary Lou Donahoe December 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

      I like 2, 3, 4 and 8. Technology is the means to an end. It is important to know one’s students, their learning styles and temperaments so lessons can be plan to best meet their needs. It is important to like them. I recently read students need to be reached from the heart, if they know you love them and believe in them they will do their best to learn and want you to be proud of them. 4 is perhaps my most favorite “controlled chaos” is a sign that everybody is working, but using #8 as they use the teacher as a resource.

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