Principles of Teaching
Bloomsburg University


Change in Education

Technique: Four Corners

1. What is the difference between the 20th century learner and the 21st century learner?  Will you be expected to teach the same way you were taught?  How is teaching and learning expected to be different in the future?  How will the 21st century learner be different from the 20th century learner? Make of list of the differences between 20th century teaching and learning and 21st century teaching and learning.

2. What is teaching like today? Write a paragraph describing the "typical" school day of a teacher.  Choose an elementary, middle school, or secondary setting.  Include pre-school and post-school related activities.

3. What are some of the major issues facing the schools?   Make a list and identify issues which are new and  issues which have been been around for some time? Indicate some possible solutions to these issues in your role as a future teacher.

4. What are societal expectations for today's teachers?  Make a list of the different views held by students, parents, administrators, the school board, and the general public.  Include any of the following teacher qualities: personal characteristics, intellectual knowledge, work ethic, morals and values, and socioeconomic status.

Related Links

History of Reform in Education

Traditional vs. New Learning Environments

Rules for Teachers: 1872 and 1915

Issues in Education


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Raymond S. Pastore, Ph.D.
Professor of Education
1148 McCormick Center
Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1301