By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
English instructor Karen Yanovitch recently shared with me an article from edutopia called 15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher.
The author, Tsiana Palmer, points out that the terms “19th-century teacher” and “20th-century teacher” don’t get used nearly as often as 21st-century teacher. Palmer does this to highlight the fact that teaching has become a completely different profession in our time, and that this profession requires a completely different set of skills.
Some of the characteristics she mentions aren’t that groundbreaking, such as implementing student-centered learning strategies and using technology to collaborate with students.
A few of them, however, are a bit more challenging, such as Palmer’s suggestion that a 21st-century teacher should know how to code. You might be thinking that coding HTML has nothing to do with your discipline, but I’d argue otherwise. Palmer says that coding is “today’s literacy”, the pen and pencil of the 21st-Century–and she’s right. You don’t need to be a programming genius, but understanding the basics of how videos are embedded, how websites are created, and how computers “think” in general will open up an entirely new world of possibilities for communicating with your students and designing your courses in Blackboard or other LMS.
Check out Palmer’s full list here and decide if your toolbox is fully stocked.