Friday, April 12, 2013

21 Reasons to Stop Saying "21st Century Teacher"

Just saying... Why are we still talking about it... just get on with it all ready.

Very funny post from Richard Byrne 

21 Reasons to Stop Saying "21st Century Teacher"

This afternoon I saw a blog post titled 27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher. 22 of the 27 items in that list could have been 50 years ago. And 24 of the 27 items are things that I did as a sixth grade student in 1990 (yes, I coded thanks to Logo Writer). Because of this I Tweeted the following in response to seeing the list;

A couple of people asked me about this Tweet so please allow me to elaborate on why I'm tired of people saying "21st Century Teacher" as if it means something.

1. We live in the 21st Century. If you're teaching today, you're a 21st Century teacher.
2. We live in the 21st Century. Even if you're using older methods (some of which have a lot of validity) you're still a 21st Century teacher unless you're going 88.8 miles per hour in a DeLorean to get to work every morning.
3. Unless you plan on teaching for another 87 years, you're not going to be a 22nd Century teacher so don't try to be all curve-jumping. Again, exceptions made for people commuting in a DeLorean at 88.8mph.....READ MOR

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tools for Teaching: Ditching The Deficit Model

Tools for Teaching: Ditching The Deficit Model


Building on Strengths and Interests

As teachers, we must evaluate where students are academically, and this includes their literacy and behavioral development as well as content knowledge. And the best way to serve and support those identified areas of need is to use research-based best practices to help students grow and catch up when they are missing information and/or skills.
But what if from there, we used their talents, their abundance of abilities and skills -- those jewels -- to meet those needs?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Teachers' Guide to Videos

WOW - Jensa shared this great resource from one of our FAVORITE places - MindShift
In collaboration with educator Catlin Tucker,MindShift presents Teachers’ Guide to Videos[PDF], to answer these questions and more. You’ll find a slew of valuable resources, including video links for all kinds of subjects — history, math, science, language arts, and more — and ideas on how to inspire students to use videos as a conduit to dig in, ask questions, and learn.