Why we teach is more important than what we teach

Jim Bentley
5th Grade Educator
Elk Grove, California

As educators, we have to be highly strategic when making choices related to curriculum, pedagogy and the integration of media consumption and production. Projects involving the creation of media may look polished, sound professional, or be exciting...but are they also impactful, authentic, and relevant? We must be mindful that 21st century skills or creating media are not "ends." Rather, they are the means by which we cultivate informed and empowered students able to use storytelling and media to help make the world a better place.