Being an Effective 21st Century Educator

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Being an Effective 21st Century Educator by Mind Map: Being an Effective 21st Century Educator

1. White: Main ideas Yellow:Articles that the information was derived from Red: My own personal thoughts and reflections on what the articles said. Green: connections that can be made between concepts Pink:side notes that came to thought later.

2. Current Issues in Education

2.1. Article: [Reynolds(2012)] Focuses on the current issues that face teachers and schools today, 'What should be taught?'

2.1.1. The article focuses on ways that teachers implemented real life situations into the classroom. There are many examples that ultimately crossed the line of propriety. In my opinion the students were faced with problems much to complex and sad for their age group. There was also many instances that the article focused on where the teachers were teaching politics to much to young of an age group. I don't think politics should be taught to children until they have the ability to make their own mind up about it.

2.2. Article: [Walton (2004)] . Focuses on ways to stop bullying and discrimination in the classroom.

2.2.1. The idea of implementing bullying laws and ways to prevent it directly affects students. It's nice to see that the government takes such things seriously. Students need to have a safe environment to learn in. They need to feel like they aren't being judged on what they do, or that they feel unsafe. The feeling of being unsafe will directly affect the way they learn. If they are in a safe environment they will be able to focus on what they are learning, opposed to what they are gonna do at lunch to avoid being picked on.

2.2.1.1. Reminds me of Residential schools. The students likely didn't feel safe and this would likely affect their learning. The government is trying to make apologies for what happened, trying to make it better. Could refer to "Returning to Harmony" (Wagamese)

3. Education in Alberta

3.1. Article: [Ministerial Order] Focuses on the initiatives the Alberta government holds for Education.

3.1.1. Alberta's education system has decided to focus on creating students that will have the ability to function in the world. They want them to be functioning citizens in society that have the ability to make wise decisions. I love how the government has placed a focus on that. It allows students to learn things that actually are applicable in real life.

4. Proffesional Identity

4.1. Article: [ Pugach (2006)]. Focuses on ways in which we already have a knowledge of what teachers do, from our previous experiences.

4.1.1. Coming from school ourselves we, as teachers, have an understanding from the students side of things. Not only do we know what teaching practices were ineffective but we were also able to see prime examples of the teachers we may want, or not want to be.

4.2. Article: [Your Philosophy of Education(2006)] The educational beliefs affect how to teach. The learning outcomes can also be affected by your philosophy.

4.2.1. Your professional identity as a teacher is often developed on the beliefs and values that you already hold. These beliefs and values will change with time as you become more educated or they may stay the same but strengthen.

4.3. Article: [ Ewasiuk(2012)] Life as a teacher is not always as it seems.

4.3.1. Its definitely interesting how much work goes into teaching. Coming into the education program I never realized how much work teachers actually have to do. It makes me appreciate all the work my teachers did over the years.

5. Acting as an agent of change in schools

5.1. Article: [Understanding ESL learners: moving toward cultural responsiveness-A guide for teachers(2010)] Focusing on the change teachers can make in the world.

5.1.1. Teachers have a lot of influence on making a difference in the world. Students are very easily manipulated, for that reason we need to be careful what we teach, We have the ability to change the way the world is run by educating the youth to be able to make smart, informed decisions.

5.1.1.1. Side note: makes me think of Hitler. One of the main things he focused on was educating the children for the ideologies he wanted. He wanted to build obiediance from the beginning.