A Vision of 21st Century Teachers

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

3 thoughts on “A Vision of 21st Century Teachers

  1. The teachers and students in these videos are both showing a desire to do something different than what is happening now. I think all dedicated teachers and motivated students would agree. What differences they want to see may take longer to sort out, but the desire for change is there. One of the biggest problems we encounter is less-than-dedicated teachers and completely unmotivated students. There are also those who want change, but at the first sign that it will challenge students make emotional appeals for the kids who "just can't do it". I think more than anything, this video illustrates the shortcomings of a one-size-fits-all approach. We need to be able to differentiate learning environments. For those students and teachers who want to continue plugging away in the wooden block factory that is our current education system, let them, but alos allow the students and teacher who want to move forward into an interactive, collaborative, and creative future to cast of the chains of the status quo and reach our fullest potential (Wow! Was that dramatic or what?).

  2. In addition to what Mr. Ogle said, I would like to add the following thoughts. What are the standardized test scores like from the schools where the teachers in the first video teach? Don't get me wrong, I think it's a wonderful idea to use technology to help students think outside the box, and cater to their individual learning styles and needs, but that's not how our effectiveness as educators is currently being measured. What matters is our test scores, so I would like to know if there is a correlation between the use of technology and higher test scores. When looking at the second video, I couldn't help but notice it took place at the college level. College is not mandated and forced on it's students the way that high school is. Can we do some of the things they were talking about? Yes, if the student (or someone pushing the student) is motivated. Unfortunately, there are several students on our classrooms who don't want to be here, don't care what we're trying to teach them, and will absolutely do nothing. If a college student did this, they would eventually get kicked out of college. We don't really have that option in high school.

  3. Students have always wanted to do something different than what's happening now – it's part of being between 13 and thirty-something. It is also not the first time that education has prepared students for jobs that do not exist: the science and math classes of the thirties and forties prepared the engineers who sent men to the moon. What seems to be different is the idea that communication is the goal not the tool of education. It is VERY important to know all the most modern means of gathering and sharing information. It is also important to have enough background information in your own built in database to think critically about the huge amount of garbage that passes for truth in the internet information pool. The video quoted Marshal McLuhan. Was he not the one who said "the media is the message." I think that is the error we fall into when we get really enthusiastic about making our classes communication classes not knowledge bearing classes. The best school now AND in the future will do both.

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