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30+ Features of The 21st Century Classroom

September 14, 2014
Now that the new school year started and that students are back to their 'formal' learning mode and everything seems to be unfolding as planned, it is time to pause and think critically about the instructional design of your classroom. Think about your pedagogy and how effective it is; the teaching strategies you draw on in your instruction and the teaching materials you utilize to enhance students learning. Think about the technology you are using with your students and do a preliminary assessment of its efficacy. Does it really meaningfully add to your teaching or is it just a 'digital' alternative of traditional ways of doing things?

Reflecting upon these and several other similar questions will definitely help you see where you are with your teaching and , most importantly, provide you with a lucid picture of how your classroom is performing. To this end , the folks in Teachthought have designed this wonderful graphic that features 32 characteristics of high-performing classrooms. You might want to use it as a checklist to guide you through your reflective process. Have a look and share with us what you think of it.

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