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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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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching From Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, published April 21, 2015, by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Copyright by Ken Robinson, 2015. Creative Teaching Let me say a few words about creativity. I’ve written a lot about this theme in other publications. Some Excellent TED Talks and Books on Forming Better Habits January 7, 2015 Setting up new goals and resolutions have become a common thing with the start of each new year. However, working towards the achievements of these goals can sometimes turn into a frustrating endeavour especially when the goals are not realistic enough. For a successful accomplishment of ones goals, behavioural psychology has the answer: form better and lasting habits. Habits have the power to direct our actions and create neurological pathways that make it easy for our brains to easily transmit, receive and process information. To help you learn more about the strength of habits in helping you develop a growth mind-set and subsequently live a healthier and happier life, we are sharing with you this collection of some wonderful books and TED Talks.

Modern Professional Learning: Connecting PLCs With PLNs Great teaching knowledge dies every day. It retires. It leaves. Perhaps the secret of saving this knowledge lies in a unique melding of two professional learning practices that teachers use today: the professional learning community (PLC) and the professional learning network (PLN).

10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network - 10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network by TeachThought Staff What’s a professional learning network? According to Marc-André Lalande, “a Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references. Your PLN is not limited to online interactions, but it is that online, global interactive part that really makes it special.

Three Effective Techniques for Brainstorming Ideas One of the most important skills for succeeding in school and in the workplace is coming up with new and creative ideas. The best ideas are the ones that solve problems or make our lives easier. While taking action is extremely important,l, without good ideas, those actions are ultimately good for nothing. While people often think of ideas as coming from a mysterious muse– a random shock of inspiration– it is possible to effectively come up with ideas on a more consistent basis by recreating the conditions in which the greatest ideas arise. This article explores five of the best brainstorming techniques that the top marketers, designers, and inventors use to come up with new ideas — techniques that can be easily and effectively adapted for classroom use.

Who Controls The Flow Of Information In Your Classroom? - Who Controls The Flow Of Information In Your Classroom? Flow As A Litmus Test For Quality Teaching by Lee Carroll, PhD I’ve been thinking about Teacher Appraisals for years, when finally it hit me like a flash—why can’t they be super-simple? What Are They Worth? Helping Students Write Beautiful Words Writing that people choose to read. That is what I’m after. Is it perfect? Grammatically, often not.

20 Observable Characteristics Of Effective Teaching - 20 Observable Characteristics Of Effective Teaching by TeachThought Staff What makes an effective teacher? Or more specifically, what observable characteristics might you see and hear? A Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice Ask teachers to describe the impact they hope to have on their students, and most will eventually say something along these lines: I want my students to grow into responsible citizens. I want my students to participate in society in an active, productive way. And maybe: I want my students to change the world. But how many of us know how to make that happen, really? 30 Great Books for Teachers and Educators January 2 , 2015 Since its inception last year, our Pinterest board ‘Great Books for Teachers’ have grown so much in popularity with more than 16k followers and over 170 pins. During 2015, we reviewed a number of interesting books covering different topics from project based learning to teachers professional development. Some of these titles have particularly generated so much buzz in our PLNs in social media websites. Below is a selection of some of the most popular books we have reviewed in 2015.