MY FINAL REFLECTIONS…..

Teachers play an important part in a student’s life. Effective teachers always strive to motivate and engage all their students in learning rather than simply accepting that some students cannot perform well in class. Teachers believe that every student is unique and is capable of achieving great success at school. Effective teachers set a standard of expectations in terms of behavior and learning. They also expect to be as effective and learn as they go on with their career.

Effective teachers handle a diverse classroom by acknowledging individual differences. They personalize the learning for their students and understand that students develop at different rates and that students have different abilities and aptitudes. Effective teachers often accommodate the different needs of students in their class rather than pitch their teaching to the middle, letting some students be bored while others struggle or unable to do the work.

Effective teachers use different strategies and techniques that have each student working on tasks that engage and challenge them to achieve the best.  They understand that students learn best if their particular culture, background and abilities are acknowledged by the teacher in the way they teach. There are many things that students learn themselves through exploration and discovery with the teacher structuring the learning to suit. Students not only lean by being exposed or familiar to learning opportunities but they also need to be explicitly taught those things that are important for them to know.  Effective teachers help students to know learn on their own as well as with and from others. They teach in a way that encourages students to take greater responsibility for their own learning.

Effective teachers have a thorough knowledge of their subject content and skills. They also understand how students best learn concepts, content and skills. Through this they inspire their students a love of learning. They make sure that their students know what the goals of the learning program are; understand how these goals will be assessed. And know whether they are on track to achieve success; are are actively involved in evaluating their own learning.

Effective teachers continuously monitor and provide feedback on each student’s achievement. They are in the habit of constantly reflecting on how well they are getting through to their students and searching better ways of teaching those who are not responding as well as extending those who are achieving well. Effective teachers provide a safe and orderly environment both physically and emotionally so the student can achieve their potential. They also build positive relationships and get to know them and take a particular interest in their overall development and progress. They treat their students with respect and expect the same in return.  Effective teachers work collaboratively to benefit student learning.

After completing all the modules in Principles of Learning, I can say that I have really gained a lot of insights and knowledge of how teachers can be very effective. It is really a great help for me. Now, I already have a very clear understanding of how to be an effective teacher, how to properly manage the class and how do proper planning and how to reflect constantly and develop teaching skills eventually. It is but important for the teachers to know their perspectives for teaching, knowledge base of teaching, developing teaching skills, creativity and innovation, reflective teaching and metacognition, teacher professionalism and professional growth. Before I just thought that for a teacher to be considered effective, you should just be able to deliver your lesson well and for as long as your students are listening to you while teaching and they get high grades, then you can be called “effective.” I realized now that there is more to that. Being effective is not just limited on how you perform in the classroom and how you teach in front of the students. It starts from your own belief and self concept, to planning and delivering your lessons and giving feedback to students.

I have once again tried TPI after completing the course. The results actually do not have any difference from what I had before. According to my TPI results before  my dominant perspective on teaching is the apprenticeship perspective. I believe that this perspective represents a long-standing view of teaching outside classrooms. Within this perspective, teaching is the process of enculturating learners into a specific community. The content and teacher are fused as one, signifying the inseparability of teacher and content, within context. I apply this view of teaching as it is committed to learning a role and identity as well as a set of skills or body of knowledge. Through guided practice, and success on real tasks, this perspective professes that people begin to believe they have a legitimate role relation to others. Consequently, teachers try to move learners from the periphery to more central roles, from low risk to high risk procedures, and from simple to complex ways of understanding, in an attempt to have learners take on ways of thinking and problem-solving that are necessary for membership in a community of practice.

My back-up perspectives are nurturing and trasmission. I also  focus on efficient and accurate delivery of that body of knowledge to learners when I am teaching. I also believe that good teachers are expected to be knowledgeable in their subject areas and should be, first and foremost, experienced in their fields. They are expected to know their content well enough to answer most questions, provide multiple examples, give clear and detailed explanations, and specify with authority and precision just what people are expected to learn. Therefore, content credibility is of paramount importance.

My recessive perspectives are developmental and social reform perspective. It is important to remember  that each of these perspectives holds the potential for both good and poor teaching. It then becomes critical that we as teachers reflect upon what we do, why we do it, and on what assumptions we base our practice as teachers. By doing this, we will be able to revisit and readjust, if necessary, our own assumptions and preconceived notions about teaching and learning. In other words, we will continually improve the educational climate for our students.

After the course, I can that it has turned me now to be more passionate about teaching. I want to be an inspiration to others and I also want to be a teacher who is happy with her job at all times; the teacher that every other child in school would love to have; the teacher that kids remember for the rest of their lives. I intend to always abide and keep the following habits: enjoying teaching, making a different, spreading positivity, getting personal, giving 100%, staying organized, being open-minded, having standards, finding inspiration, embracing change and creating reflections.

References:

http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/11-habits-effective-teacher

http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/docs/pages/characteristics-of-highly-effective-teaching-and-learning-(chetl).aspx

http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/defining-teaching-effectiveness/

http://www.ncate.org/public/researchreports/teacherpreparationresearch/whatmakesateachereffective/tabid/361/default.aspx

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