Am I a Teacher From the Past or a Teacher From the Future?

 Reading Around the Corner, I find these two bulleted list of methods teachers are doing in the past and things teachers are supposed doing for the future.  Looking at the list, I can’t say I’m a product of either one, but more so a hybrid of the two.  A good chunk of my methods courses would talk about the different levels of Bloom’s taxonomy, methods in drill and practice, and how content is relevant to the lives of students.  However, amongst the old is the new with distance education classes who collaborated together from different MSU sites.  The wave of the future teacher’s methods can be seen more in my grad work than my undergrad work.  For one thing, we have discussions online in a threaded discussion board and sometimes in chat sessions that are both teacher and student lead.   We are all collaborating together on the content to gain a better understanding of it and improving our perspective of educational technology.  While I did some of this in my undergrad classes, it doesn’t even compare to what I am doing now.

Traditional Methods

  • Domesticating education
  • Attitudes relating to authority, conformity and power
  • Drill-n-practice technology use is predominant here...inauthenticity of classroom activity makes it difficult for children to see how schoo learning applies to their lives. the data suggest that emphasis on advanced reasoning skills promotes higher student performance.

Progressive Methods

  • Empowering education
  • Powerful literacy
  • Communicating/Collaborating using technology…Here, “technology use is used as an asynchronous tool for communication that allows teachers to engage and collaborate with one another within a building and across the district. Encouraging online discussion amongst teachers in study groups is core feature of professional development strategy.” But couldn’t the same be said of students and their technology use?

One Response to “Am I a Teacher From the Past or a Teacher From the Future?”

  1. I think you’re right and that probably most teachers are a combination of the two.

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