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Title: Chapter 1 Becoming a Teacher: Looking Forward and Backward at the Same Time

Chapter 1 Becoming a Teacher Looking Forward
and Backward at the Same Time
  • So You Want to be a Teacher? Teaching and
    Learning in the 21st Century
  • Janice Koch

  • What do you already know about classrooms, and
    how can you apply that knowledge to the complex
    experience of being a classroom teacher?

  • You have within you everything you need to create
    the kind of teacher you want to be.
  • The information in this class will challenge you
    to identify the attitudes, skills, and
    dispositions that are required by the field of
  • You will need to make a commitment to being a
    lifelong learnerexpanding your ideas by what you
    learn from your students, research, and your own
    personal growth.

  • Donald Schon, and educational researcher, used
    the term reflective practitioner. This is a
    teacher who consistently reflects on classroom
    events(both successes and problems) and modifies
    teaching practices accordingly.
  • The field of teaching, which requires such a
    heightened sense of self and a commitment to the
    social good, demands nothing less of its
    professionals than an ongoing examination of
    their authentic motives for teaching.

  • Looking Backward
  • Talking About Teaching

  • When I recently asked a number of new teachers
    what made them decide to enter teaching, some of
    them remarked that they had always loved school.
  • School was, for them, their happiest place to be.
  • They decided to go into teaching to make a
    difference, to teach others in ways they wish
    they themselves had been taught.

  • They fell into teaching because they needed a
    job and teaching presented itself.
  • Still others try to see if teaching is for them.
  • Men are needed in early education so that
    children can see that men are able caretakers.

  • An educational autobiography is your own story of
    your life as a student. It has no definite
    length but usually responds to the following
  • What do you think of when you think of school?
  • Where did you attend school?
  • Whey you walked in the building did you have a
    sense of comfort? Fear?
  • Close your eyes and imagine you are back in
    elementary, middle, high school. What was school
    kie for you? Do you remember what school smells
    like? Sounds like?
  • Try to imagine specific teachers. What grades
    did they teach? Who were your friends in those

What Is Your Metaphor? Establishing a Personal
  • Being a Tour Guide a good tour guide takes
    travelers to new places, interprets experiences
    and sites, helps travelers understand and
    appreciate these new experiences, and develops a
    group atmosphere to maximize positive experiences
    for the travelers. A good tour guide has general
    goals in mind but is flexible and allows for
    exploration of ideas that arise from the group.
  • The teacher sets the itinerary and takes the
  • through the lessons to many new places.

  • Being a Sailor sometimes when you go sailing,
    you think you're going to reach a certain island.
    You set out for that island, but you find it
    doesn't have a dock. The dock is simply mot
    there. So you need to have an alternative plan.
  • One other day's you have a destination in mind,
    but the wind is blowing in the wrong direction
    and the sailboat just will not go there.
  • Yes on many days, teaching is like sailing, and
    the teacher changes course in midstream as he or
    she determines a better direction and more
    feasible destination.

  • Climbing a Hill teaching is a constant process
    of ascending an incline. Every once in a while
    your stop, take a breath, make sure everyone is
    comfortable, and then you start climbing again.
  • Being a sculptor sculptors are fond of saying
    that they dont make their art, they uncover
    what is already hidden in the material.
    Similarly, teachers uncover the ideas emerging in
    the minds of their students.

  • Philosophy of Teaching Statement outlines your
    ideas about teaching and learning, sets out
    techniques for being reflective about your
    practice, and describes how you will teach. It
    may also include your goal for yourself as a
    teacher. If you decide to pursue a career in
    teaching, your philosophy of teaching statement
    will form an important part of your teaching

What Qualities are Needed to be a Good Teacher
  • Attributes of Good Teachers. How do these
    qualities match up with the ones you just listed
    for your favorite teacher?
  • Goodness of fit a term generally used in
    descriptive statistics to describe the match
    between a theory and a particular set of

  • You are always growing and changing as a person,
    and you certainly may develop qualities you
    dont have now.
  • You may also recognize areas of weakness that you
    want to work on.
  • You are always growing and changing as a person,
    wand you certainly may develop qualities you
    dont have now.

  • Looking Forward
  • The Profession

An Essential Profession
Every child needsand deservesdedicated,
outstanding teachers who know their subject
matter, are effectively trained, and know how to
teach to high standards and to make learning come
alive for students. --President Bill Clinton, 1998
  • Hence, it is you, the teacher, who will bring to
    life the ideas, the attitudes, the learning
    experiences, and the joy that are possible in a
  • It is the classroom teacher who enables the
    curriculum materials to have personal meaning for
    each learner.

  • What teachers know an are able to do has such a
    profound impact on the future of education, you
    need to understand how it is that people come to
  • You need to spend time in classrooms to become
    familiar with different contexts for teaching and
    the diversity of students in our schools.

  • Yet we often expect students to become teachers
    after a period of only several weeks of in
    classroom training.
  • This is why many teacher education programs
  • (and yours may be one) require early field
    experiences during which you observe and
    participate in the life of a classroom at the
    grade level you are thinking about teaching.

  • People have debated for years whether teaching is
    technically a profession in the same sense that,
    say medicine and law are.
  • On the one hand, teachers do not get paid as much
    as doctors and lawyers, nor is teachers training
    as extensive.

  • Also, to many people, the knowledge that teachers
    posses about teaching and learning does not seem
    as complicated and technical as what a
    neurologist knows about the nervous system.
  • On the other hand, teaching does share a number
    of attributes with other profession.

A Code of Ethics
  • The National Education Association (NEA) is the
    largest organization of teachers and other
    education professionals, headquartered in
    Washington, DC.
  • It has 2.8 million members who work in preschools
    through universities.

Teacher Characteristic
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Resource Reaching, To Teach

Ethical Conduct
  • Honesty

Ethical Conduct
  • Responsibility

Ethical Conduct
  • Fairness

Ethical Conduct
  • Respect for individual differences

Ethical Conduct
  • Compliance with the spirit and intent, as well as
    the letter of the law

Quote from the American Association of the School
Administrators Code of Ethics
  • "An ethical leader demonstrates concern for the
    welfare of students by placing it as the chief
    value that influences all decision making.

Quote from the American Association of the School
Administrators Code of Ethics
  • Supporting and protecting every individuals
    civil and human rights is a key element of an
    ethical leaders behavior.

Quote from the American Association of the School
Administrators Code of Ethics
  • "An ethical school leader abides by and carries
    out the laws set forth on a local, state, and
    national level.

  • The Workplace School Climate and School Culture

  • The day-to-day working of a school influence how
    you enact your philosophy of teaching.
  • Schools are constantly in flux, depending on
    student enrollment, collaboration among
    colleagues, pressures from the local community
    and the vision of the school leader.
  • ? Others think school climate as the general
    social atmosphere or environment in a school.
  • The social environment is the sense includes the
    relationships among students, between students
    teachers, among teachers, between teachers

  • Students experience their environment differently
    depending on the rules and protocols set up by
    school administrators and teachers.
  • School climate included the orderliness of the
    environment, the clarity of the rules, and the
    strictness of the teachers in enforcing the rules.

  • A school climate may be described as nurturing,
    authoritarian, or somewhere in between.
  • We can also ask whether a school has sa healthy
    climate, one in which students are made aware of
    expectations of their behavior toward one another
    and their teachers.

Concluding Thought
Although teaching is an important and essential
profession, idea about it are often
oversimplified. Our memories of our teachers are
sometimes selective and misleading. However, the
interpersonal nature of teaching demands that
those interested in the profession take account
of their own attributes and dispositions, school
experiences, and future goals for themselves as