I describe myself as a 21st century teacher by being a collaborator with colleagues and students. Using web2.0 tools, we are able to connect with students beyond the classroom set-up. Students can work on specific projects that call for their individual contributions whether they are online or offline. My role as a facilitator is to provide the scaffolds that they need to accomplish their task. I make myself available also when they have queries as they collaborate. To ensure the participation of each student in the group task, assessment tools such as journals, self-reflection checklist, and peer evaluation are prepared. For the output, a scoring guide is constructed together with students before they engage in their work. ;-p
I could be a 21st century teacher by considering a shift from a conventional way to a more student-friendly perspective in establishing a better learning place. In terms of collaboration with other teachers, I could coordinate with other teachers who could be helpful along a certain area, say for example, asking a teacher who has the expertise in the use of multimedia in classroom instruction. Using technology, I could also make a distance collaboration with others from other schools. I believe that there are really things which need to be done collaboratively to get better results. With reagrds to technoloy, I should maximize the use of online exercises, make use of powerpoint presentation whenever ncesssary, research for further information in the net, provide sites where student could access additional exercises and activities. As a facilitator of learning, I should make sure not to monopolize the class with endless talking, but instead I should give opportunities for the students to give most inputs by asking their ideas and opinions. I should value listening to them for me to give better feedback as I coach them in the learning process. This could be done through group activities where they will be giving and sharing their ideas, at the same time, as an avenue of peer-learning. To facilitate group discussion for example, I could give them guide questions as to lead the students for the expected outcome. With this, students would feel that they are responsible of their learning. Considering the skills for the 21st century, I should be open-minded to take the challenge that there are multiple forms of assessment methods and instruments which I could use to gauge students' needs better and to give a better feedback for me which could be my basis if I need to make necessary adjustments in my instruction. I should adopt appropriate methods and instruments as needed like creating blogs, journals, using good rubrics, scoring guides and the like as to develop skills of 21st century students.
I always share good lessons I had with my co-teachers. We discuss how we came up with good responses and good output from the class. I am trying to integrate technology in my plans especially for the home works and group activities. I always want them to discover on their own ways of Math problem solutions, games, puzzles, trivia, etc. and present them in class for extra information of everybody. I am facilitating the lessons. Most of the time, after my presentations, variety of students’ activities for practice and for fixing skills I provide them. Researching on the net and doing exercise on line are just common skills my students are very much aware of in my class. I normally ask them to email me their responses to their exercise found on line. With the different activities we supply, multiple forms of assessment are necessary depending on the given activities and the responses of the students. I believe 21st century skills are being applied in the process. This course hopefully strengthens my desire and gives more authentic ways of assessing my students using modern procedures.
Hello Sir Vincent. When you say responses through e-mail, do you mean requiring them to submit outputs online? It would be very convinient for us, teachers, to just sit in front our computers and check outputs. We do not only teach our students to make use of the wonderful IT technology, we also teach them become responsible individuals because as you can see, they can have easy access to all kinds of good or bad information. I also do this on some of my classes, require them to submit their outputs online.
A query from a PE teacher:
For academic subjects like yours, you can let your students send their outputs online. I wonder if I can also do that in my PE classes. Is it possible to require my students to send their group outputs like a videotape of their group modern dance presentation? This might be necessary if they missed a scheduled practical examination. To avoid the hassles of preparing the classroom and the player for a special practical exam, they might as well take a video of their performance and send it through email. I will view it on my screen and results of their performance will also be given back via email. My second question, will the university allow me to do it?
Great ideas require proper attention! Your suggestions never happened in my PE classes before. Wow! Taping presentations as an output in PE requirement is just a wonderful idea. I don't really excel in this subject and quite shy of the performances but this way can help students like me toperform better in the course.
Truely indeed, Sir Roger. The simpliest way of utilizing IT is though emails. Everyboby knows how to do it and it is very accessible. Attaching file ia as easy as peanuts. Students are spending much time with their emails, so why not use that in their academics? I believe you will all agree with me.
Since accounting is more of a problem solving and improvement of analytical skill, it is always best to discuss with other faculty members of the same field on different ways to guide students during their learning process to best prepare them in the board examinations. I ask my co-faculty their insights regarding a particular Accounting Standard. That way, I am able to gain a better understanding on the area and I can start thinking outside the box. The salient points of the discussions will be conveyed to the students so that they, too, will have a better understanding of the subject matter. At the end of every semester, I always consult my dean and program head especially every after teacher evaluation to discuss with them ways on how to improve my medium of instruction.
For a particular lesson, I ask my students to surf the internet to discover recent developments in accounting standards. To better understand the process/cycle in accounting, I group my students and assign in each group a particular company website for them to visit and review the financial statements (fs) which can be accessed from the assigned company website. I provide them guide questions to answer during their perusal of the company’s FS and ask them to collaborate and reconcile within the group their observations on the FS. I ask each group to present their findings and I make it a point that they gain insights every after activity. I make myself available for questions and I add inputs on the subject matter for emphasis of important points. I require my students to present their outputs using a multi-media presentation. For the evaluation of outputs, a criteria for both peer and teacher evaluation is prepared.
I describe myself as a 21st century teacher by collaborating with other teachers and even with the University Physician of the school. When we started including students with special needs in our regular Physical Education classes I started working closely with our University Physician. He identifies appropriate activities for these students so that I can modify their exercises in their PE class. In terms of the use of technology, I deliver my lecture through PowerPoint with adobe flash presentation for me to discuss and clearly present mechanical principles of human movements in my Anatomy and Kinesiology class. As a facilitator, I see to it that students are on the right track while they work as a group in designing and in creating their dance choreography if it is a dancing class and aerobic exercise routine if it is a Physical Fitness class. In order to assess their motor skill performance in dance and in other exercises including their design of exercise programs, I usually use rubrics. To assess the theoretical part of the lesson, paper-pencil type of tests is prepared.
I describe myself as a 21st century teacher by collaborating and communicating effectively with my colleagues at school and from other schools. Whenever I attend conferences and seminars, i have the opportunity to exchange notes and share ideas with other colleagues in the industry. This is a good way of getting an idea of the best practices in our own field of specialization. I use technology in the classroom by requiring my students present their group work using multi media presentation. I do encourage them to do internet research. To facilitate the learning process, I simulate real-life scenarios and case studies so that they will be able to investigate it using the different learning theories.This is an effective way of developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills of the students. Peer evaluation, checklists and journals are some of the assessment methods I use.
Ma'am Dulce, you may also work on a blog where you can post announcements, lessons and activities so that students can have easy access to present and past lessons. That will be a great innovation. Students can also leave comments on the blog. That way, you can start assessing your students based on the feedbacks on the blog.
hi classmates... we have seen the advantage of using IT in our instruction, in our assessment in particular. the challenge of integrating of such is brought by the advancement of technology, and the demand of the cyber age. I realize we really need to, not just to be confined with the ways we have been trained with. it maybe difficult at first since we are not used to, but i believe it could be done as long as we're open to it, and willing to accept the challenge to become a 21st century teacher. sir roj, am also thinking of using blog in my math class, especially on posting their reflection on the activity they had. blogs may seem to be odd in math, but i guess, i could use this one where they could show case their group outputs. with this, i could let them post their reflection on the activity, it's more on telling their experiences and learning that had in their group works, especially in problem solving.