[NHDOE-ETNews] ET News: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology
Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Tue Dec 18 08:48:17 EST 2012
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ITEM: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology
We've all heard about Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective
People. Some teachers out there may have heard of the 7 Habits of Highly
Effective Teachers. Below are our 7 habits of highly effective teachers
who use technology:
1) They always start with the why. Technology for technology's sake is
dangerous. Highly effective teachers who use technology always have a
reason for using new technology tools. Whether it saves them time,
improves learning outcomes, or helps with lesson planning, highly
effective teachers always start with the why.
2) They are malleable and can easily adapt. Technology is constantly
changing, and the classroom environment will be drastically different in
2 years. Understanding the big picture is key.
3) They embrace change. Most teachers who use technology today are
innovators or early adopters. Embracing (not fighting) change is key.
The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought
4) They share, share, and then share some more. Technology has opened
the door for collaboration beyond the school walls. A teacher in Romania
can now collaborate with a teacher in the UK. Knowledge is power, but it
is also free (and it should be). Technology lovers share best practices,
which benefits everyone (which is the point!)
5) They think win-win-win-win. Technology cannot work properly if there
is not buy-in from the administration, parents, teachers, and the
student. First and foremost, there is nothing worse than having an
administrator not embrace technology. Secondly, it is imperative that
you show parents the value of technology. Thirdly, as a teacher, you
have to truly believe that it can impact learning outcomes. Lastly (and
most importantly), students must see the value!
6) They are extremely thorough and think two steps ahead. How are you
going to present new technology at the professional development meeting,
especially if you know some teachers don't embrace change? Highly
effective teachers who use technology already know the answers to any
question, and they have concrete examples showing its effectiveness.
7) They actively care. Teachers who use technology typically are the
ones who can't sleep at night because they are so excited about a lesson
plan idea, are thinking of ways to engage their classroom, and pinch
themselves at night, wondering how they get paid to inspire students.
They don't just care; they actively care, and they embrace technology,
not because it makes their job easier, but because it allows them to
make a greater impact.
Source: Always Prepped
Inforgraphic of the 7 Habits
Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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