Are you wondering if you are teaching with a traditional pedagogy? Or are you wondering if you have stepped into the 21st century pedagogy mindset? As we move into 2020, it is a great time to reflect upon our practices and see what we can do to provide the best learning environment for learners.
When educators and organizations provide learning opportunities, it is often easier to teach to the group, norm, or whatever should happen that may be easier. However, this may not provide the best learning opportunity for students. Students are engaged with working in groups and using technology, receiving and solving problems, and demonstrating learning differently.
Think on these reflective questions: How do your students learn? What excites them? How do students engage in critical thinking? What does your instruction look like? sound like? Is your district implementing 21st century strategies? Why are instructional changes neccessary for today’s education to prosper?
Check out the chart below and reflect upon your instructional practices, philosophy, and attitude towards education.
This reflection will help you determine your pedagogical thinking.
Traditional Pedagogy vs. 21st Century Pedagogy
21st Century Pedagogy
Seat time measures of educational attainment
Provide coursework via technology allows students flexible pacing (DiPietro, Ferdig, Black, & Preston, 2010)
Organize students into predetermined groups
Detracking students (LaPrade, 2011)
Structure separate academic disciplines
Provide multiple pathways for learning (Wilson, Stemp, & McGinty, 2011)
Organize learning into classes of roughly equal size with all the students in a particular class receiving the same content at the same pace.
Blended learning opportunities (Sethy, 2008)
Keep these groups in place all year (USDOE, 2010, p. xiv)
Multiage grouping (Torrance, 2012)