Becoming a tech-savvy teacher is great. Running a flipped classroom is impressive. Doing a variety of hybrid and blended learning is incredible. Does this make you a modern teacher, though?
Honestly, there’s more to it than just hopping on the latest education technology / education trends bandwagon. I know many teachers who throw an iPad into a classroom like a grenade and run away. They don’t successfully implement education technology or really any type of engaged learning for that matter.
So, then, what does it really take to be a modern teacher? This term has been cropping up since the general consensus seems to be that the term ’21st century teacher’ is outdated and a bit awkward. Some make the same argument for the ‘modern teacher’ mind you but that’s about semantics.
You want to know what it takes to be a progressive and always-learning teacher who knows how to get students to think, contemplate, and explore. Well, here goes!
Modern Teachers Exhibit The Following 16 Characteristics:
- choose to be vulnerable.
- see themselves as co-learners, not teachers.
- allow themselves to fail, often.
- don’t wait until they’re experts to introduce something
- move into their students’ world, even if it’s foreign
- run towards their area of weakness, not away
- are comfortable not knowing what is going to happen
- invite mistakes into their lives
- dream big and ask ‘why not?’
- allow their students to teach each other
- step outside their comfort zone
- embrace change
- feel secure asking colleagues for help
- model resiliency and perseverance
- question everything
- believe they can learn anything, given the right attitude and effort
These characteristics of a modern teacher are incorporated into the visual you see below. It’s from Reid Wilson.
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