Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pieces to the Puzzle

Here is my attempt at trying to piece some of the "stuff" rolling around in my head.

Point #1
Consider for a moment David Warlick's Converging Conditions.
  • Unpredictable Future
  • Info-Savvy Students
  • New Information Landscape
Point #2
Now take some time to ponder the National Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for Teachers.
  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity.
  2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments.
  3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
  5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
Point #3
Let's sprinkle in a little of the NCTE Definition of 21st-CenturyLiteracies into this conversation.

Point #4
As a final component to this equation, take a moment to let this quote from Lucy Calkins work its way into your consideration:

"The problem is that if our teaching is to be an art, we need an organizing vision that brings together all of these separate components into something graceful and vital and significant. It is not the number of good ideas that turns our work into art, but the selection, balance, coherence and design of those ideas."

Calkins, Lucy. The Art of Teaching Reading. New York: Longman, 2001.

OK you 21st-Century Teachers, now take a deep breath, reread if necessary, and begin planning. Ugh!

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