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The 8 Things Teachers Need on Their Resume Today

Posted on Monday January 21, 2013 by Staff Writers


Today’s classrooms may look similar in form to the classrooms of yesterday, but what’s happening in function is often a completely different story. Flipped learning, social media, iPads, educational technology, and collaborative learning are just a few of the ways our classrooms have changed in recent years, and teachers today will need to catch up to the new trends or risk being left behind. Teachers, we recommend that you add these important 21st century educator skills to your resume today.

  1. Online search expert:

    In generations past, learning focused more on memorization than the ability to find information. But now that we have the entirety of human knowledge at our fingertips, learning has shifted from not necessarily knowing information, but knowing how to find information. That’s why it’s so important for teachers to know how to effectively use search engines: they’re our gateway to learning and knowledge. As a teacher, it’s your job to pass excellent search engine skills on to your students, so that they are able to discover the information they need to get along in school and in life.

  2. Social media fluency:

    Today’s students are on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and more. They share photos of their lives on Instagram, and their thoughts on Tumblr. And today’s teachers are meeting them there, turning these social tools into ones that can be used for learning. Communicating with students on Facebook, holding office hours on Google+ Hangouts, live tweeting in class, and creating a blog or YouTube account for the class are just a few of the ways that teachers have effectively put social media to work in education. Instructors who are able to make the best use of these tools will really stand out as innovative, connected teachers that schools are looking for.

  3. Online learning instructor:

    Online and mobile learning have taken education by storm. Instead of simply sitting in a classroom, students are learning from their kitchen table, far-flung learning centers, or even on the bus. In our hyper-connected world, we’re likely to see demand for this kind of learning grow, and in turn, the demand for qualified online instructors will grow as well. Those who are comfortable teaching in the online environment will have more opportunities available to them, both at the college and K-12 levels.

  4. Flipped classroom instructor:

    Like online and mobile learning, flipped classrooms are a relatively new phenomenon that has become very popular in recent years. In the flipped classroom, instructors go from the lecturing “sage on the stage” to the “guide on the side” offering support and activities. Research has shown that flipped classrooms often result in better learning outcomes, as students can receive instant feedback, revisit difficult concepts, and avoid much of the frustration with homework found in traditional classrooms. Teachers who are able to instruct in a flipped classroom will not only have better teaching results, but better career demand as well.

  5. Collaborative learning specialist:

    Often seen in flipped classrooms (and beyond), collaborative learning brings the class together for group-centered assignments and student-led discussions. In collaborative learning, students learn to teach each other, building camaraderie and independence. Collaborative learning environments often produce students that are more satisfied and positive about their learning experience and subject matter, and have a higher self-esteem. Teachers who can deliver these results with the help of collaborative learning are highly coveted.

  6. Virtual classroom instructor:

    Similar and related to online classroom instruction, teachers who have virtual classroom instruction experience will have a wide range of employment options as schools expand and make their courses available to students beyond their local area. In virtual instruction, teachers connect in real-time with students who are in a different location. Online communication, collaborative tools, and effective engagement are all skills that are essential to virtual instructors in the 21st century.

  7. iPad proficiency:

    It’s hard to imagine a classroom completely devoid of paper books, but more and more, schools are turning to tablet devices like the iPad for reading and learning. With the iPad, students are able to engage with content interactively, find information, and read books, all on one thin, portable screen. As more schools adopt and encourage their use, teachers who are able to understand and utilize the full range of iPads will stand out as innovators.

  8. Connected educator:

    Educator networks are no longer limited to the teachers’ lounge on campus. Today’s educators can now connect worldwide, bringing (and benefiting from) collaborative ideas and sharing within a wide network. Taking the time to become a connected educator shows initiative, not to mention the value that comes from being exposed to new learning styles, innovative approaches, and opened opportunities in your network. As a connected educator, you’re in a good position to bring great ideas to your school that will help you get ahead.