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August Is Connected Educator Month

How do we educate 21st century kids? I have some simple ideas to share with you!

How exciting to have August declared as Connected Educator Month! I have some very simple ideas I would like to connect with educators about. 

I have a 21st century style of teaching. My subject? Character education. I believe that kids still need this education long after middle school (which in most school districts I work in, 6th or 7th grade is usually the last year where this type of education is focused on.) 

I believe that we need to talk with kids about what goes on in their lives specifically. I believe my job is to listen. When I hear a situation that needs some education or lessons, I find that sharing a personal story or how I would handle the situation is the best way to teach this generation of teens. 

With that said, I would like to draw on your experiences and advice. I am creating posters that will use this 21st century method of teaching.  So here is what I would like to connect with you on. If you hear a student tell another student "You are so stupid", what would be your lesson? 

Thanks for your advice and I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
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Jill Brown

Generation Text Online

jill.brown@GenerationTextOnline.com

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eatingdogfood August 03, 2012 at 04:20 PM
How about you just TEACH and leave the parenting to the parents.
Rosemary Black August 04, 2012 at 10:38 AM
To answer your question, I tend to work throughout the year with classes to demonstrate to them their differences and allow them to show their various strengths and admit weaknesses if they are comfortable with that. I use lesson plans that drive home the point that we are different and our preset ideas about each other may be questionable. For example, if during a lesson a classmate and known excellent sportsperson is brought to the foreffront of our discussion, I may use the known "high academic achiever" to contrast, that one can excell in a sport but may not be able to excell in a different subject or even different sport while another classmate may be brilliant in science or singing but would not be great possibly in gymnastics or art etc . Then I ask if anyone would tell us what they can do excellently and what they likely would struggle doing. Usually a few students will go along with this and we get a variety of responses. This is just one of many ways I would work in the issue of mutual respect, acceptance and differences in my classroom. It is not clear from your comments what you actually do. Are you an employed teacher in a school setting. When you state you have a 21st style of teaching, are you referring to method of teaching? There are many methods in the 21st century. Making posters, are you a graphic designer? Good luck and I hope this might have given some insight.

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