Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Growing 21st Century Teachers for 21st Century Classrooms

This article talks about ways administrators effectively promote the knowledge and skills for 21st Century teaching and learning. One interesting thing they mentioned was very similar to our conversation on Monday night; how most teachers have very limited time to be going off of the standards to promote the Web 2.0 technology. One educational leader decided to "reorganize their schedule to create an extra planning period in every school day. And after some experimentation, the faculty agreed to use the collaborative time for grade-level and subject area planning tied to the district’s new curriculum maps. Technology integration is a planning priority, supported by the expertise of a district specialist and the middle school’s most 21st Century-minded teachers." I thought allowing that time for professional development to be implemented within the school day is a great way to promote 21st Century tools. The article ended with great ideas for high technology expectations but with a lot of support from their educational leaders and administrators.


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