The role of the 21st-century teacher is ever evolving.
The development of knowledge, higher-order skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and character, as well as the establishment of lifelong learning habits and an ability to learn with technology, are essential in today’s classrooms. These attributes are the new picture of teacher effectiveness.
With these changes comes the need for diversity and autonomy in the 21st-century classroom.
New ways of knowing are incorporated, grounded in technology that allows students to choose what and how to learn for, in many cases, students' potential may lie in areas that are beyond the core standards. Instead of using uniform strategies for all students, teachers design instruction that motivates each student by providing experiential, authentic, and challenging experiences.
Teachers are facilitators of thinking, problem-solving, collaborating and communicating, the skills that provide the means for all students, to traverse the multi-disciplinary landscape.
To this end, teachers become facilitators who provide scaffolding to support students in developing own ways of knowing and thinking.