Here is the article: Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education 'Story'
Many people think that education comes up with new ideas every few years. While that may be true in some situations, I agree with the article, that in fact, education just tends to rotate a few ideas that they deem important. The new thing about schools today is that technology has transformed it into a global network. Teachers are able to collaborate with other educators who are in different countries via a simple blog post, tweet, or email. Therefore education is now encouraging us to contribute to a global vision where we become part of a network that collaborates to teach and raise the upcoming generation.
I love the author’s suggested remedy of redefining smart. Students tend to relate being smart to having an A in a class. I have never been a fan of that term because students see it as a trait you either have or not, instead of being something that you constantly strive to perfect. We need to transform student’s thinking to where being smart includes demonstrating “grit, resiliency, empathy, curiosity, openness, creativity, and evaluative thinking.” Helping our students develop these traits is one of the many tasks we have as teachers.
Perhaps the most important part of being a teacher is to embrace both the challenge and the beauty of teaching. It may require flexibility with the ever changing rules, procedures, content, etc., but I find it to be one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. Seeing students making a breakthrough, watching their personalities develop, seeing them challenge themselves, and become responsible young adults are aspects of teaching that I value. I love being a part of student’s lives, hoping I am making a positive difference, and feeling valuable when I see those positive changes taking place. As you work with students, remember to be grateful for the opportunity because although it may be a huge responsibility, it results in joy, appreciation, gratitude, and vision.
M. (n.d.). Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education ‘Story’. Retrieved December 05, 2016, from https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/02/11/redefining-teachers-with-a-21st-century-education-story/