Berkeley County Forum Responses

Posted: February 15, 2006
Here are the responses from Berkeley County Voices from Teachers Forum.  

Hedgesville High School, February 15, 2006  

Question 1 What knowledge and skills does a West Virginia graduate need to succeed in the 21st century?  

Room 1  

1. Students need to know how to learn so they have the ability to adapt and change. 2. Students need problem solving skills. 3. Students need excellent oral and written communication skills in a variety of digital media.  

Room 2  

1. Work ethic and standards: 1. responsibility; 2. accountability; 3. resourceful; and 4. independent learner 2. Critical thinking and analysis: 1. problem solving skills a. literate. b. fluent, and c. communication / written; 2. Locate and evaluate information 3. Global thinking: 1. command of second language; and 2. foreign language K-16  

Room 3 - 4 - 6  

1. Reflective problem solvers to address problems / challenges that are unforeseen: 1. work in collaboration and individually; 2. technologically; 3. with diverse groups; 4. teamwork is critical; and 5. problem based learning 2. Literate graduates: 1. read / comprehension; 2. communicate various ways; 3. writing various forms including technical writing; 4. math skills, advanced levels; 5. science skills, advanced levels; and 6. technology skills, advanced levels 3. Long term outlook / lifelong learner; 1. ambition gap; 2. know-how skills vs specific; 3. take risks / learn from failure; 4. persistence; 5. mobility; and 6. ability and flexibility to move  

 

Room 5  

4. Critical thinking/problem solving 5. Social skills/team work 6. Accountability/responsibility  

Room 7  

1. Critical thinking skills which includes effective communication skills (listening, writing, speaking) 2. Teaching tolerance and ethics of different cultures and different viewpoints. 3. Teaching core basics from the beginning (pre-school - on) including computer literacy, financial literacy, math, science, etc.  

Room 8  

1. Self-responsibility and self-respect; work ethic and self-management 2. Critical thinking and problem solving 3. Proficient in Acurrent@ technologies - able to use and adapt to changing technologies  

Room 9 & 10  

1. Know how to learn independently, how to filter information to discern what is important and how to produce quality work. 2. Know how to communicate effectively both orally and in written form in a first and second language. 3. Know essential practical life skills, such as time/task and financial management, civil/social responsibility.  

 

Question 2 What do you as a teacher need to educate a 21st century learner? (i.e. professional development, assessments, instructional strategies, technology tools)  

Room 1  

1. Professional development to acquire 21st century skills and the time needed to provide and implement it. 2. The digital infrastructure needed to provide digital tools and resources, including updated equipment, band width and technical support 3. Common time for planning so that the curriculum can be integrated and seamless.  

Room 2  

1. Educators and staff who use 21st century skills and who exhibit professional standards, work ethic, and global thinking. 2. Funding needs flexibility and equity for all students (And ALL MEANS ALL!) 1. Stop unfunded mandates; and 2. financial support for 21st century learning tools. 3. Professional development: 1. more time during the school calendar; and 2. with flexibility in the calendar.  

 

Room 3 - 4 - 6  

1. Innovative professional / development: 1. Compensated; 2. opportunities to observe colleagues, exemplary practices, attend conferences with sub coverage; 3. professional development that has meaning to individual teachers and contains options; 4. addresses issues such as assessment and differentiated instruction, consider learning styles when assessing; and 5. mentoring young teachers and work with pre-service. 2. Time: 1. structure of schools day / year; 2. professional development time related issues - e.g. 90 minute reading block, one minute reading blocks; and 3. to develop instructional units within school day. 3. Finances: 1. inventory school technology to determine needs; 2. work to resolve issues that impact technology needs (e.g. classroom technology vs school construction); 3. technology as incentives to attend staff development; and 4. on-going awareness of job market need - establish a vehicle to bring info to teachers - teachers salaries need to be increased and competitive ensure benefits are solvent.  

Room 5  

7. Up-to-date technology/training and better integration with tec support 8. Daily structure with instructional creativity/flexibility 9. Growth issues that affects (class size; staff retention; certified teachers)  

Room 7  

1. Professional development (building level trainer) to teach teachers how to teach effective listening skills, encourage questioning and discovery learning. Training should be compensated through extended calendar, etc.  

2. State-of-the-art technology, lab equipment which is constantly repaired and maintained. 3. Student accountability (attendance, parental awareness and participation, end of course exams, learning as a priority)  

Room 8  

1. Ability to attract quality, certified personnel into the profession; recruit - retain - support (stronger mentoring program) 2. Time to devote to teaching; for professional development, for planning, for collaboration 3. Policies and laws that support and encourage student responsibility and accountability (e.g. attendance and discipline)  

Room 9 & 10  

1. Time: for planning, for collaboration with peers, for meaningful professional development, for evaluating assessments 2. Relevant, specific professional development to support and accompany newly provided technology resources with limited, realistic expectations for classroom implementation. 3. A more selective prioritization of curriculum, enabling teachers to focus more attention and instructional time on crucial subjects and topics. This new curriculum must spiral upward, avoiding recovering material from grade to grade.

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