Saturday, January 31, 2015

Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand

     Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand- Using a rubric to grade or assess yourself is nothing new. But I do like the graphic organizer used by Teach Thought which challenges your assumptions about yourself and provides a quick tool for you to print and keep you focused as you plan, collaborate and teach.

jackiegerstein-skillsAre You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand
by TeachThought Staff
Whole Child Learning is a thing; Whole Teaching should be a thing too, no?
Here at TeachThought, Jackie Gerstein’s usergeneratededucation is at the top of our reading list, in large part for her thinking about the human side of formal education. Much of our content–that is, the content here at TeachThought, and that on her site–overlaps because of our shared perspective on teaching and learning: self-directed learning, the role of play in learning, the idea of citizenship, student-centered learning (and student-centered teaching), and more.
(The fact that we have to push ourselves to think of the “human side” could be part of our problem; teaching and learning are among the most human of processes–a natural response to our environment and curiosity.)
We’ve also long been interested in the work of Costa and Kallick with the Habits of Mind (See What Are The Habits Of Mind? and 16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits Of Mind) as wonderful supplements to an academic curriculum. More and more, they’re richness has us wondering if they’re not more important than the “content” itself.
These ideas have pushed us to consider what it is that students really need to know in a modern world, which we’re going to have spend some time this year thinking about. And it is in that whole Habits of Mind/new knowledge demands context comes Jackie’s “Twelve 21st Century Skills & Attributes: Educator Self-Assessment.” Jackie has framed this concept (modern teaching) through 12 characteristics, and again through teacher self-assessment questions for each characteristic.
The end result is a shift from academia to people to can supplement standards-based teaching and learning, or replace it altogether if we want to get all progressive and avant garde about it.
You can read more here–in fact, follow her on twitter, and add her blog to your favorite RSS reader.
Are You A Whole Teacher? A Self-Assessment To Understand
Oral & Written Communication
1. Do you provide learners with opportunities to speak and write using their own unique and genuine voices?
2. Do you help learners create focus, energy, passion around the oral and written communication they want to make?
Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving
3. Do you promote and reinforce doing things that haven’t been done before, where you and your learners have to rethink or think anew?
4. Do you ask learners to generate and ask their own unique essential questions?
Collaboration Across Networks
5. Do you facilitate global communication and collaboration with your learners?
6. Do you give learners opportunities to collaborate face-to-face and virtually?
7. Do you assist your learners in developing their own personal learning networks?
Curiosity & Imagination
8. Do you promote, encourage, and reinforce inquisitiveness?
9. Do you encourage your learners to add their own “personal touches” to their learning experiences?
Initiative & Entrepreneurialism
10. Do you assist in learners becoming involved in meaningful work?
11. Do you provide opportunities for learners to take risks? Take their own initiative to do things?
Agility & Adaptability
12. Do you accept change as normal and natural? And assist your learners in doing the same?
13. Are you and your learners flexible?
14. Do you and your learners use a variety of tools to solve new problems?
Hope & Optimism
15. Do you model, teach, reinforce positive self talk? A ‘Can Do’ attitude?
16. Do you assist learners in enhancing their personal agency thinking?
17. Do you expose learners to stories that portray how others have succeeded or overcome adversity?
For more on self-regulation and the others, click the Teach Thought link below. I rely on them for cutting edge information and thought provoking information. .