Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Opportunity to Adapt: 20th Century Preconceptions

wishes and regrets by McMorr
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If we want to think of ourselves as Twenty-first Century educators, we must remove some of the old paradigms that affect this view of learning. One of the most prevalent preconceptions is the definition of TEACHER.

What is a 21st Century Teacher?
Who is a 21st Century Teacher?
Where does a 21st Century Teacher function?
Do all 21st Century Teachers have an official class?
Do all 21st Century Teachers have an official school?
When does a 21st Century Teacher teach?
Why does a 21st Century Teacher teach?

While there may be some new words for teacher, educator comes to mind, I am wondering how the lines between informal education and formal education through the advances of web applications and other technologies are blurring the definitions of teachers or educators?

It seems to me that this blurring of the learning place is an opportunity for all of us to change our 20th Century preconceptions of teacher/educator into the 21st Century paradigms. Are you doing that? Do you respect all educators no matter their place of being? OR Are you stuck in the 20th Century?


Wm Chamberlain said...

Forget the 21st century stuff. I think teachers should teach students how to learn and how to express what they learn. I honestly don't think the century makes a difference.

samccoy said...

Thanks for your comment. I agree. I don't think the century matters either. Then again, I was educated by a variety of great teachers in and out of the classroom.

I wonder how many teachers think of that aspect of the shared teaching/educating experience.

Actually, I have heard some teachers refer to people working in non-traditional education venues, not directly in the classroom, as not being teachers.

Plus, parents need to be included....REALLY included in this category.

Just ruminating and wondering what others were thinking of this topic.