Humans of 21st Century Schools MARY KATHERINE CLEMENS

- Munroe Buie, UNC '17, Student Teacher

"In my opinion, the expectations of high quality teaching have greatly changed in the past few decades. As opposed to didactic, teacher-centered methods that were once valued, current instructional practices are now created to be student-centered. They are designed to engage students and encourage higher-order thinking while also being differentiated in a way that accommodates individual students' needs. At least this is the intention. In addition, teaching and learning in the 21st century relies heavily on technology. In most districts, teachers and students have document viewers, Smart Boards, and/or class sets of tablets or lap tops at their disposal. Teachers communicate with students, parents, and other staff primarily through e-mail, Google classrooms, and Power School-like platforms." - Munroe Buie, UNC '17, Student Teacher

Madeline Long, 11th grade, Calvary Baptist Day School

"Public school was awful for me. It was not personalized and I fell very far behind. Private school has helped me a lot because I can easily approach a teacher and get help the way I need it not the way they want to teach it. Because of the small class sizes I am able to get this help. Also the technology that is used in the classroom is very beneficial to all of our learning." - Madeline Long, 11th grade, Calvary Baptist Day School

Rachel Baker, Washington & Lee University '17, Strategic Communications

"I think that teaching and learning in the 21st century has become more interactive as more people are integrating technology into classrooms. You can interact with not just each other but other classes, schools, etc. And I think with the increase in technology comes the ability for education to be more specialized and less 'one size fits most' teaching." - Rachel Baker, Washington & Lee University '17, Strategic Communications

Amy Yates, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

"Teaching and learning in the 21st century has changed dramatically in some ways. New tools are constantly being invented to use in the classroom and as a result my lesson plans are always changing. I try to incorporate as many interactive tools into my classroom as I can to keep my students engaged. Because of the new resources that are available to me I am able to incorporate these new tools and see the positive results they bring to my students." - Amy Yates, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Sarah Whitmore, UNC '17, School of Media and Journalism

"In many ways, technology hasn't changed the classroom. We are still reading, discussing, lecturing, note taking in similar ways only enhanced by technology. But in other ways technology has had a profound impact on education. Most obviously, through access. Due to technology, education can be accessed anywhere, the internet allows books, articles, music, images, video, etc. to be at your fingertips at any given moment. Technology has also allowed for entirely online classrooms like Lynda and Khan Academy. Collaboration in learning is made possible through video conferencing like google hangout and skype, making classrooms accessible globally, a concept that was not around in 20th century schools." - Sarah Whitmore, UNC '17, School of Media and Journalism

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