Teaching to Understand

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“To teach is first to understand.”-Shulman, 1986

 A Teacher does not just impart wisdom, a Teacher creates beautiful lives.

This is is what a teacher-friend told me one time I asked her.  To her there is more to teaching than the everyday lessons, activities, projects, assignments and quizzes.  Seldom do teachers notice this, but she believes students notice every single thing teachers do to make them feel loved.  And they give importance to that.

This teacher would take the time to have selfie pictures with her students.  You would notice her fixing her make up during breaks with her students.  While they are talking and asking her all sorts of questions and she would every now and then hand a student her make up while asking if the student would want to try it on.

When she is walking down hallways and corridors and students would greet her, she takes the time to stop a bit, or if she is in a hurry on her way to her next class she would still do everything to make sure she throws them a smile or a tap on the shoulder.  She is consistently showing these students that they are important to her.

She has a way of making her class more interesting than the usual classroom even if it means buying her students chocolates or some little treats that would still tickle their fancy.

She is not is not easily bothered by student noise for she looks at it as them being healthy.  However, she lets her students know how she feels when the noise seems to mean she isn’t being respected anymore. And her students would listen to her.

She never gets tired reading teaching resources to help her in guiding her students into knowing important concepts.  She wants to grasp every learning she could so her students would benefit from her.

She does’nt stick with one pedagogy, instead she experiments so she would know what her students would find more interesting and when lessons would stick to her more.

She believes that a Teacher makes a big difference in the students’ lives.  She can either make or break them.

The Ideology of Teaching Professionalism

More than the Examinations that need to be passed to get a Professional Teaching license, Teaching Professionalism is  performing the necessary obligations in a way that is in accordance with the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession.  Teaching professionalism is so vast that it even goes beyond the prescribed duties and responsibilities  and to the point of embracing the whole of humanity and everything about it.

I once had this idea that if I finally have the chance of taking the Board of Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers, of course once I finish the 18 units of Professional Education, and I pass I could be a Professional  Teacher. The piece of paper that would determine my title. Just my Title. I know it would not be enough to determine my Professionalism as a teacher.  I know there is more to it than meets the eye.

I am imagining the greatest Professional Teacher I could become.  I want to be a Teacher that would treat every student as a learner and a person. I have to delve into their beings and know what  they can do, what they cannot do and what they need to do to improve on their academic performances. I know that my relationship with them will have great effect on their performance as students.  I know that I, as a Teacher, need to  an example of leadership to make great leaders out of them.  For as the quote in the module says,”You can have good teaching without having a good school but you can’t have a good school without good leadership.”

I am so touched with that Bill Gates said about teachers.”We actually need good teachers more than ever, because of the amount of material that’s available on the internet.  Yes, there’s a whole lot of knowledge that’s only a mouse-click away, but we need good teachers to be able to guide our students through all of that material that’s out there at the present time.”

Modernization and the rise of the Communicatio Era as I call it, has not eradicated the importance of teachers instead it emphasizes that the more we need teachers as regulators and informator to guide the human race through the right path.

 

More Than Reflection

As a child I had become fond of sitting alone by myself and thinking about so many things. There were times when It was the most worthwhile thing to do.  We were poor and there was no television or other forms of pasttime that I could delve my interests into.  

There was a time when I thought there is something not normal about me.  While my playmates were busy with their toys I was busy thinking about many things.  The usual things I had been thinking about was from menial things like why I seem to feel full after eating too many cheese curls and drinking too much soda. There was no intense campaign about junk foods and the like those days so I really hadn’t known about those warnings later on in life.

There was a time when I was busy pondering on my religion. I had so many questions about the many diversities when it comes to faith and personal beliefs.  I was a young Abraham Lincoln. Little did I know that what I was doing is going to be the most accepted teaching strategy of the 21st century.

Jenny Moon said that, “Reflection is a form of mental processing that we use to fulfill a purpose or to avhieve some anticipated outcomes.  It is applied to gain a better understanding of relatively complicated or unstructured ideas and is largely based on the processing of knowledge….”

My main purpose that time is to free myself from the tiring activities that a child usually engages on…and not much choice was left for me but to sit there idly and reflect….until I grow tired and go to sleep.

In the teaching world, reflection has become a widely used strategy. To understand learners more a teacher needs to reflect about the many things that may cause him to perform in a certain way. To understand learners more a teacher needs to reflect on how she treats her students.  To understand learners more a teacher needs to reflect on the many consequences of each situation brought in by the various activities in and outof school. To understand learners more a teacher needs tor reflect on each issue about the learners.  To understand learners more a teacher needs to reflect on how she handles her class, how she transfers knowledge and even how she grades her students.

WHY???

The Teacher would only be able to be called as such when she achieves her main goal, that is to make the students learn and motivated into applying the learnings in real life.  This would make teaching successful.

I agree with Dewey when he said that “Reflection begins in a state of doubt or perplexity which, for teachers , is most likely to be encountered when working with learners, particukarly new or unfamiliar learners.

Reflection would indeed begin when the ability to doubt sprouts. And thus, reflection would be critical and realistic.  Just like Driscoll and Teh’s frame for reflection based on these intermitent questions, WHAT?  SO WHAT? And NOW, WHAT?

 

 

 

 

 

Principles of Teaching into Great Practice

The whole world of Teaching has evolved into something more “out-of-the-book” and “out-of-the-theories”.  It has become a Principle of Action, more of the “do it” or it “will never be possible” scheme. It is now all about proofs, evidences, outputs and products.

I must say, I like it.  This is something that I have been conceptualizing in my mind long before I decided to be a teacher.

This is the journey that I will take with a smile.

Module 1 THEORIES OF LEARNING

Enhancing Learners’ Core competencies by facilitating Learning.

It is indeed a general accepted notion that teachers serve as one of the most vital factor in the process of learning. Teachers with their best suited and most effective strategies may allow the learners to reach their maximum potentials by Enhancing their participation and immersion In the Learning Process. Learning by listening may be effective to some learners; nonetheless, learning by doing and with the maximum possible immersion may be seen to be more effective.

The learning strategies, intellectual differences and learning behaviors of each and every learner may vary and may affect the flow of learning, anyhow, by allowing the learners to have the immersion suited for the topic, better results may be expected.

Therefore, I am now realizing after the thorough understanding of this module, that a teacher must have the openness to ideas that will enhance the learner’s activation and development of their core competencies so as opening the keys for the widening of horizons that would lead for the generation of knowledge through and through.

I would like to learn more and develop myself to be the best in facilitating learning so as to allow my future learners to achieve their best potentials ever.

Enhancing Learners’ Core competencies by facilitating Learning.

Enhancing Learners’ Core competencies by facilitating Learning.

It is indeed a general accepted notion that teachers serve as one of the most vital factor in the process of learning. Teachers with their best suited and most effective strategies may allow the learners to reach their maximum potentials by Enhancing their participation and immersion In the Learning Process.

 

Learning by listening may be effective to some learners; nonetheless, learning by doing and with the maximum possible immersion may be seen to be more effective. The learning strategies, intellectual differences and learning behaviors of each and every learner may vary and may affect the flow of learning, anyhow, by allowing the learners to have the immersion suited for the topic, better results may be expected. Therefore, I am now realizing after the thorough understanding of this module, that a teacher must have the openness to ideas that will enhance the learner’s activation and development of their core competencies so as opening the keys for the widening of horizons that would lead for the generation of knowledge through and through.

 

I would like to learn more and develop myself to be the best in facilitating learning so as to allow my future learners to achieve their best potentials ever.