How are teachers different than they were 20 years ago?

* Likely Had:

  • more linear teaching style, (though this fact still exists.)
  • "monolithic approach" more common

* New Reactions to Modern Tools

  • "Perhaps I'm no longer a good teacher, I feel behind the times constantly."
    • insecurity,
    • fear...
  • Benefits to using these new tools is unclear
  • ability to control the entire environment is no longer possible.
    • scary to risk when you don't know if:
      • students will learn, you will be on top of your material,
  • -Fear of Change

* New Reactions to Students

  • "Students haven't changed, they're the same."
    • Yes, but....their voices are different, their expectations are different.
    • It is these differences that drive the need for adaptation, not whether or not concept X or Y needs to be taught differently."

* Teaching Method Differences

  • If you were in a progressive (or traditional) mindset 20 years ago that remains true today, <---very difficult to make the switch
    • Teachers teach the way they were taught, a cycle that still exists today.
    • Reuse and recycling existing worksheets, <-- as stereotypical example of teaching interaction
  • Lack of comfort with chaotic environment
    • (also:) Students still often expect rows and rows of chairs.
  • Age less important than ability to have creative control in your clasroom/school environment