Three Teacher Images

I believe that my learning so far at the U of R has being centered around teaching as a learned practitioner.  Many of our classes have centered around learning about young students, especially dominant theories of who they are, how they develop, and how they learn. Teaching with equity has been a major topic covered in all of my education classes, because the more teachers know about how students learn, the more they can raise student achievement. My education has not only been centered around education classes, but we are also taking classes centering about the subjects we will be teaching in the future. This is in line with what Kumashiro wrote, “Students needed to learn about what they will teach and to demonstrate this knowledge against the learning standards in their field of study.” We need to be knowledgeable in our subject area and know how to teach it to our students.

One point Kumashiro made was, “Students needed to learn about how to teach, from classroom management to instruction in the disciplines.”  I would not say we are explicitly taught how to teach, rather we are taught how to view teaching and how critical it is to have a firm understanding of teaching practices. One major topic is stepping outside of the traditional classroom setting. We have to move beyond what is seen as common sense in a classroom, and we have to come to the understanding that how we were taught, which would be deemed as common sense may not be the best way for our students to learn. However what is most important is to understand your students and analyze which teaching approach would be best for them.  As Kumashiro wrote, we need to teach in ways that question tradition or common sense and that implement different theories or approaches.

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One thought on “Three Teacher Images

  1. Lydia,

    I liked your point “we are not explicitly taught how to teach, rather we are taught how to view teaching and how critical it is to have a firm understanding of teaching practices”.
    At this point in your education, do you feel that you have a strong basis of how to teach through the understandings that you have gained?

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