In this new interview with Canadian edtech leader Doug Peterson, PLP consultants Brenda Sherry and Peter Skillen talk about the theories of learning that undergird their advocacy for 21st century teaching strategies and their Minds on Media professional learning model.
Have you mastered the 21st century skills every teacher should know? That means, says teacher Susan Lucille Davis: Being a model learner for your students and fellow educators; stepping up and taking charge of your own learning to gain the skills you need; learning from the best teachers you can find, and, finally, giving back to your professional community by sharing what you learn.
Talk to and write with a well-known author. Visit the zoo and learn about endangered species. Immerse yourself in Mardi Gras tradition with students and teachers who live in New Orleans. Travel to the White House. Or to an ancient Roman villa. Or even to China. Video conferencing offers so many opportunities for teachers and students to learn from experts, colleagues or kids their own age. Stephanie Bader shares some of what she’s learned and asks you to add to the knowledge base.
Mock debates and school elections fail to give students a real voice and “a visceral understanding of what it means to participate in civic discourse.” Teacher and school leader Margaret Haviland is looking for alternatives. She’d like your ideas and advice.
Many educators are being invited to speak at TEDx gatherings in Australia, North America and around the world. Australian teacher leader and librarian Jenny Luca thought it might be useful “to analyse the process I went through putting a talk like this together. It may help if you’re asked to do something similar.”
How do we help students discover their interests and passions without dictating too much content? At what point do we allow a student to say, “This is neither a strength nor a passion for me. I don’t care to pursue this subject further”?