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The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have
There’s been a lot of talk recently about what it means to be a learner in the 21st Century. Earlier this year, we put together a guide with skills important for students today. So, why not a list for educators, too? The list goes beyond technology and social media. Check out what skill we think makes a modern teacher, and let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments below. Image via flickr and Chicago 2016 Engage in Professional Communities: Teachers can sometimes lead a very solitary existence at school—spending all of their time tutoring before and after school and scarfing down lunch in front of the copier or spending their free period, if they’re lucky enough to have one, at their desks while grading papers. However the Essential skills for today’s teachers go far beyond “knowing how to use an iPad” and into the realm of connectedness. Editor’s note: This is a revised version of an article written by Jeff Dunn that originally appeared on March 12th, 2013.

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edutopia Quin: My name is Quin and I live on the central coast of California. I really like to do embedded electronics, soldering, hacking, 3-D printing and laser-cutting. It’s really cool seeing your project come to life. I used to do a lot of LEGO stuff, like taking things apart, and a computer is something that you can easily take apart and sometimes not as easily put it back together. 5 Engaging Uses for Letters in Your Classroom The idea of writing a business letter with a class may elicit eye rolls and under-the-breath scoffs of "Oh, that old chestnut!" from many a contemporary teacher. But if we desire to lead classrooms where we value reflective thought and carefully crafted words, letters can be a surprisingly rich genre to explore. Whether it's a letter that you write to your students or a letter that your students send, here are five first-class strategies that address key skills and envelop your students in learning.