Top 8 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher


Many areas of our lives have been affected by recent technological advances – the way we collaborate, communicate, teach, and, of course, learn. In addition to that, those advances called for producing definitions such as digital natives, expansion of our vocabulary and digital immigrants.

Obviously, teaching in the 21-century is an entirely different phenomenon- never before could learning be happening the way it is now.

Below are 8 characteristics of a 21st-century teacher:

1 Learner-Centered Classroom and Personalized Instructions

In this digital age, students now have access to any possible information, there certainly is no need to teach “one-size fits all” content or “spoon-feed” the knowledge. As students have different goals and needs and have different personalities, offering personalized instructions is not just possible but also necessary.

2 Learn New Technologies

In order to be able to offer students choices, having one’s own hands-on experience and expertise will be necessary. Since technology keeps evolving, the tool you know now will be phased out soon. The good news is that new technologies are new for the experienced teachers and the novice the same way.

3 Go Global

With today’s sophisticated tools, it is possible to learn about other countries and people first hand. Of course, textbooks suffice, yet, there is no substitute for learning cultures, languages, and communication skills from actually talking to people from other parts of the world.

It is a shame that with available tools, we still learn about other people, cultures, and events from the media. Teaching students’ ways to use the tools in their hands to “visit” any part of this planet will hopefully make us more sympathetic and knowledgeable.

4 Blog

Writing blogs has become important for teachers so to blog or not to blog should not be a question anymore. The value of writing for a real audience is immense and it is important to establish digital presence if you want to succeed as a teacher in the 21st century.

5 Go Digital

Going paperless is an attribute – organizing teaching resources and activities on one’s own website and integrating technology bring students learning experience to a different level. Offering digital discussions and sharing links as opposed to a constant paper flow helps students to share and access class resources in a more organized fashion.

8. Collaborate

Technology helps collaboration between students & teachers. Creating presentations, digital resources, and projects together with other students and other educators will make classroom activities match the real world. Collaboration should go beyond sharing documents via e-mail or making PowerPoint presentations. Many great ideas never transcend paper copy or a conversation, which is a great loss! Collaboration internationally can change our entire experience! Click on the link below to learn more about the must-have traits for you.

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