Five Characteristics of an Effective 21st Century Educator
This piece from eSchool News is an interesting take on the important characteristics of the effective 21st century educator. Though framed a little differently, these characteristics are well aligned to our 7s.
The 21st century educator . . .
1. Anticipates the future
2. Is a lifelong learner
3. Fosters peer relationships
4. Can teach and assess all levels of learners
5. Is able to discern effective vs. non-effective technology
If school isn't for collaborating, why does anyone come?
“Serious question. If students want to learn in isolation; if they want to sit at a desk and work on their own stuff, occasionally checking in with an "expert," they have no reason to come to school. They can do a lot better at home, or at their local coffee shop or even the public library, where both the coffee and the WiFi connection will be better” (Socol, 2011).
Although some of the suggestions Socol mentions in the article are somewhat unrealistic, he does provide some valuable insight in to how schools should be structured to maximize opportunities for student achievement.
Making the Most of Instructional Rounds
In "Making the Most of Instructional Rounds", researcher and author Bob Marzano explains how teachers can benefit from visiting the classrooms of colleagues. He shares, "Instructional rounds are one of the most valuable tools that a school or district can use to enhance teachers' pedagogical skills and develop a culture of collaboration". I would encourage the administrators of Hilliard to consider using the district's Instructional Round Template with educators in your building.
Lessons of Mastery Learning
This article "Lessons of Mastery Learning" describes the core elements of mastery learning and strategies for it's use in the classroom. It goes on to show that mastery learning is the foundation for Response to Intervention (RTI), and that by following the RTI sequence for instruction, educators can make strides in closing the achievement gap.
Last year we field tested RTI in three schools, and this year our CIP includes "full implementation of the framework. Thomas Guskey's insights in the article help us to understand how striving for mastery learning also satisfies all of our intervention plans, including RTI.