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So You Want to be a Teacher?: Preparing Students for the 21st Century and Beyond

EDU 205
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Savannah Calvert

on 6 February 2013

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Transcript of So You Want to be a Teacher?: Preparing Students for the 21st Century and Beyond

Applying Interdisciplinary Themes to Your Core Subject Interdisciplinary Themes are other disciplines that are woven into the curriculum to support a high order thinking in Core subjects. There are five different interdisciplinary themes... Information, Media, and ICT Literacy Children today live in a digital world. The amount of technology and resources available for students, and teachers, has sparked a movement to rethink the way we educate this generation. With all these new resources available, it is extremely important for teachers to teach students how to navigate this digital world and, also, how to adapt to the rate in which technology rapidly changes. In order for students to be successful today, they must be literate in the following: Information, Media, and ICT (Information, Communication Technology. Learning & Innovation Skills Output Process Now nothing can hold these 21st century learners back. They have learned: skills in other disciplines, innovation and learning skills, life and career skills, and are now information, media, and ICT literate. These students will go on to change the world, because, now, these students have become... To be successful in life, and in a career, requires more than just subject knowledge. Each student in the class will one day have a career; therefore it is important to instill in students adequate life and career skills. So You Want to be a Teacher? Preparing Students for the 21st Century
and Beyond Interdisciplinary Themes Global Awareness Financial Literacy
Civic Literacy Health Literacy Environmental Literacy Global awareness means to be knowledgeable of other countries and traditions besides our own. This will help students steer away from ethnocentric views, allowing them to accept other views and ideas. Overall, global awareness will teach tolerance and acceptance. This discipline teaches students to understand money and how it is used in our society. This knowledge will hopefully aid the students to make good financial decisions in the future. Civic literacy teaches students about civic obligations, such as voting and staying informed and understanding the governmental process. Being civic literate also means being knowledgeable about one's rights and how to exercise them. This discipline teaches students the basics of health and how to stay healthy and happy. This could mean teaching healthy habits such as a good diet, exercise, and constructive ways to stay mentally healthy. It is important to teach students how important it is to care for our planet because it is our home. What does "21st Century living and learning" mean?! Relax, 21st century living and learning simply means how are you going to teach your students to adapt to these rapidly changing times. According to Chuck Dinsfriend(MBA, CTO member, director of information technology services of the Woodburn school district) 21st century learners should be "flexible, life-long learners, willing to accept and embrace change, willing to make a mistake and be wrong."(Stansbury, pg 2) So how do I prepare my students for the 21st Century? Apply Interdisciplinary Themes to your Core subject. Teach your students Learning and Innovation Skills and Life and Career Skills. Teach the difference between Information, Media, and ICT literacy. Yes, this seems like a lot to do, but your students will be thankful, and if you get creative, these may not be as difficult to teach as you might think. So let's get started... Learning and innovation skills are used to distinguish those who are "prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st Century, and those who are not" (www.p21.org).
The components that make up learning and innovation skills are... Life & Career Skills Learning & Innovation Skills Creativity & Innovation Communication & Collaboration Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Teach creativity and innovation by letting students be creative in the classroom by allowing them to brainstorm in ideas and approaches to traditional work .Teach them innovation by having the students act on their creative ideas. It is important to teach students how to use their reasoning skills, both deductive and inductive reasoning, to solve problems. It is equally important to teach them how to question what they learn, being active learners, while also learning how to analyze and synthesize information. Communication and collaboration are essential learning and innovation skills. Teach students how to communicate and listen effectively. Help them to better develop their verbal and nonverbal skills. Make group projects so the students can learn the importance of compromise. Life and Career Skills Flexibility & Adaptability Initiative &
Self-Direction Social & Cross-Cultural Skills Productivity & Accountability Leadership & Responsibility Teach the students how to adapt to changing schedules. Set due dates and maybe change them by pushing the date back or moving it forward; teach them how to adapt to this change. Help them to set priorities. Teach the students this by having them sort their life roles from most to least important. Help the students learn how to incorporate feed back. Allow them to make correction on paper you give back. This will teach them flexibility. Give the students goals and due dates to instill in them initiative to complete their work. Help them to learn how to utilize time effectively. Give the student independent projects to allow them to practice self-direction. Teach the students appropriate social behavior, especially when working with groups. Let them know what it means to be respectful and how to listen to others. Teach the students to respect cultural differences by guiding them to becoming more open minded towards ideas and values that are different from their own. Teach the students to be accountable for their work and actions. By simply giving the students and explaining to them that they are accountable for having the work turned in on time, will teach the students accountability. Teach the students the best way to organize and maximize their work time to help them to be more productive. Mold the students' leadership ability by guiding them to demonstrate appropriate behavior to get a group to work effectively to accomplish the group's goal. Teach them to act responsibly when given the leadership role. Media Literacy Information Literacy ICT Literacy Students today need to learn how to navigate through all these new resources in an efficient and effective manner. Teach this by introducing new websites to students for research and by teaching students to navigate and explore online libraries. Teach the students how to access different types of appropriate media and, also, how to produce different types of media. Have the students keep a blog, and have them explore each other's blogs. Have the students make an informative video and teach them how to upload it to the school's YouTube account. It is important to teach students how to access and communicate information effectively. Have the students use Skype to share and communicate information that they have learned to other classrooms in the country and in the world! Create a social network page for the class so the students have a safe place to find, and share, information or ideas. This could also allow struggling students to receive extra help from their peers and teacher outside of class. Now that the students have absorbed all these new skills and information, they will be ready to apply their new knowledge to other grades and classes to come. The students should be ready for whatever the world tosses at them. You have prepared them! Work Cited MacArthor Foundation. "Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner".
Online Video Clip. Youtube, 1 December, 2012. Web. 3 February, 2013 "Partnership For 21st Century Skills", www.p21.org (2011).
28 January, 2013 Stansbury, Meris "Five Characteristics of an Effective 21st-Century Educator".
eSchool Media (2011). 3 February, 2013 Presentation Program Prezi Presentation By:
Savannah Calvert Savannah Calvert

Professor Burrows

EDU 205

6 February, 2013
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