What Makes Great Teaching?
While looking at the themes presented in my Educational Foundations class and pondering about the High-Leverage Practices of educators, I learned that there is so much more to teaching than I had previously thought. Even though all of the themes and HLP’s are important, the three that I chose to focus on are the following:
- How can teachers grow in their craft?
- What rights should be protected for students and teachers?
- How can instruction be differentiated for diverse learners?
How can teachers grow in their craft?
Teachers grow in their craft by their experiences, continuous self-reflection, and having a professional development plan. Experience makes the best teacher. We learn what works and what does not. We then make adjustments to improve. Self-reflection allows for teachers to reflect on their own teaching methods and to learn from others through observations and feedback. Having a professional development plan allows for us to learn new things and to grow as teachers.
What rights should be protected for students and teachers?
The Constitution is there to protect us, but we must remember that even though the Constitution protects us, it does have some limitations. For example, students have a freedom of speech, but only to a certain extent. Teachers have rights as well. They have the right to join an union, tenure, discrimination, and liability, to name a few. Teachers and students should have rights because they are human beings, but we must follow rules and laws.
How can instruction be differentiated for diverse learners?
In education, it is imperative that our students learn in the way they learn best in order for them to thrive. Some are visual learners, such as with deaf students. Some are kinetic learners and prefer hands-on or physical/movement in their activities. And some are auditory learners and do well with listening to teachers talk. Despite each students’ differences in styles of learning, they all should be exposed to various methods of teaching because a multi-modal approach is the best way to effectively teach students.
In the field of education, the purpose of our jobs is to teach our students and to also teach them to be good citizens as they grow up. They spend up to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with their teachers, so we have a huge responsibility in helping the next generation of students grow to be successful adults. We also must provide students with a positive and safe learning environment that allows for the students to learn their full potential. Good teachers empower their students and inspire them to change the world. To quote the great Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world.”
Picture of me with my laminated Piktochart that is presented below.