Sunday, April 14, 2013

Blog Post #12

1. Since there is a very broad spectrum in the field of education, we may not be able to apply certain skills and techniques universally. Sweet Search is a a scholarly search engine created specifically for students and teachers. Search your specific field in which you are studying (elementary education, special education, math, science, history, etc.).
2. Find a website that is informative and appealing to your field. Describe how the website you have chosen can be beneficial.
3. Read The 8 Characteristics of a 21st Century Teacher. Write a short response about what you have read.
4. Read What 21st Century Learning Means to Me. Write a 1-2 paragraph summary and response of the article. How would you define 21st century learning?

I have always been very engaged in the activities at my church for students from K4 up to 8th grade. The imagination that flows from these children almost radiates from them like an aura. It is because of this infective nature of these young, innocent minds that I chose to enter this level of education. When I search Sweet Search, I found a plethora of helpful and informative websites. Since I have always had a love for the arts and creativity, one post in particular jumped out at me. The Arts in Every Classroom is a post that provides a eight, one hour long video workshops for integrating the arts into classrooms K-5. I find that this gives artistic educators a new possibility to teach their students while preserving and expressing the imagination they so greatly possess.

The 8 Characteristics of a 21st Century Teacher

In this post, we are given several descriptions that make up what it means to be a 21st century educator. In the post, they identify that the example descriptions given do not have to remain present at all times; however, these traits must be able to be called upon as they are needed. These characteristics range from being the adaptor to the visionary to the leader to the risk taker. As educators, we must be able to transform to meet each of these characteristics in order to identify how we must educate our students. Just like each person has a separate personality to that of someone standing next to them, we all learn differently. Possessing these traits allow us to identify our students' potential and adjust into whichever form is necessary. It is important for an educator to be able to evolve and adjust their methods to not only meet the changes in the system, but also the changes amongst each student as they all progress differently.

What 21st Century Learning Means to Me

In this post added by Kim Hendrick, we get a little bit of a deeper look into how educators must be able to evolve. We are no longer being taught by the same means as our grandparents. Education is quickly growing to meet the fast paced world of technology. Kim explains that students must be able to have a say in what they learn, how they learn it, and how they showcase what they learn. Although it is our duty as educators to provide that education, we must take a step further and teach our students how to learn for themselves. We can no longer rely on rote memorization since it has been proven that these methods do not allow the skills and objectives to be obtained properly. Our students must be given a way to learn in order to grasp their attention and drive them to want to seek out more information. Granted we cannot guarantee this result from all students, but that further goes to show how we must be able to adapt to these cases.

Being a 21st century educator gives us the ability to incorporate technology to add to our education methods. We are given the most expansive form of enhancement that allows our students to connect with each other, teachers, and others around the world. We are able to learn together, and also learn from each other. Amongst these things, the technology we are able to incorporate also gives students an outlet to show their creativity in their work. Projects can be presented in more ways than a poster, a PowerPoint presentation, or a simple paper. The possibilities for our students are truly endless. We are being given the opportunity to seek out the unknown in order to push ordinary to extraordinary for ourselves, as well as our students.

1 comment:

  1. Great Post Leah! I am glad to see that you are wanting to incorporate arts and crafts into your class. I know as well as you that during high school a lot of the wall were empty. Its awesome to see that you are going to brighten things up in your class.