I am a dentist, and I have started a course on teaching dentistry. My experience with education was never a particularly encouraging one as my teacher was always absent. When I was at school, the teachers went on strike, and that left us with no attention from them. We had to do much of the studying alone, and all required research lay squarely on our shoulders in the absence of teachers for as long as they were striking. Whenever the teachers came around school, they applied a work to rule strategy and that was extremely devastating. Lecturers were never available for any extra consultation, and we had to take our learning as individual responsibilities instead of waiting for support or guidance from lecturers. Any difficulties, which we may have faced during the study never, had a chance in the lecturers mind. They only offered the basics of teaching and left us on our own.
Many are occasions when we could depend on our own efforts and one day, we sat in a room with a book and had to teach ourselves. The teacher did not provide homework and clearly had no lesson plans. Teachers provided what they thought and felt was essential without any clear concern for our fate. The effect their actions had on our educational experience was extremely negative and, furthermore, as students, we had nothing to do with their reason for going on strike. It was an unusually unethical move for our teachers to leave us grappling with education in the absence of their guidance. Worse, more, even on occasions when they appeared in class, their interest in our performance remained questionable. This was because of their lack of guiding materials like lesson plans and assistive experiments through assignments. It affected me and made me promise myself never to be like him and always do my best for whoever is relying on me. When we could never have our teachers in class, learning took a new angle, as we had to find means of making up for the hours lost when our teachers went on strike. The interaction with fellow students became an experience, which has influences our educational lives. Teachers' performance influences the ability of students to improve their educational lives by giving them a safe environment for learning.
Feelings about the event
This event is something that has changed my view about education. I find it that it is essential to help students with the learning using the facilitation theory (Buchanan & Hyde, 2008). On most occasions, students need the presence of the lecturer to give them social support through learning. Through facilitative learning, the teacher uses the humanist approach whereby an educator facilitates the learning process. Our teachers overlooked this need by neglecting us and leaving us to struggle on our own. In the absence of our teachers, we had to rely on the social learning theories. That promoted our taking up of the learning process as personal responsibilities, after which, we helped each other with the required needs for our educational needs. We had to emulate the learning tactics of each other, and through group work, we managed to make up for the lectures lost during the period when our teachers were on strike (Booker, 2008).
The social learning theory promotes the ability of learners to take up a combination of cognitive learning theories and observational learning theories into practice. There was serious absence of our teachers, but students were always present meaning we had the opportunity of learning from the influences of our classmates (Buchanan & Hyde, 2008). Those who proved interested in learning acted as motivators to those who had no skills of how to go about learning in the absence of the teachers. With time, all the students had learnt to emulate the proper study deeds of the other students through observation. This experience made me realize that education can be taken as a social development approach. As much as we did it in a desperate effort for making up for the absence of our teachers, it is still relevant to realize the effects, which group work, have on learning. Group work helped us into appreciating the efforts of each other in the classroom. Learning became a social effort, which every member collaboratively took part in with dedication.
Teacher led education comes with many restrictions and rules for students to follow. When teachers are absent, and students must make up for their educational excellence, learning takes the angle of becoming a personal initiative (Buchanan & Hyde, 2008). The facilitative theory makes students overly dependent on teachers and in cases where teachers are absent as it was in our case, students begin understanding the basis of education from a different angle. Teacher led education requires that the teacher creates the environment of teaching students. This form of learning gives students a comfortable means of considering new ideas without any emotional stress concerning external influence. Should a teacher be absent, the student always has to face all challenges in a solitary way and that may cause serious psychological effects on the learning of the students (Baker, 2010).
It reduces the preparedness of the learner as the fear of facing new aspects individually present themselves. Facilitative learning enhances the natural eagerness that students have for learning without the imposition of any threats. The teacher, therefore, stands in to bridge the gap of the need for learning by giving the student easy means for grasping concepts. In situations where students are absent, the eagerness to learn may drop drastically, as students grapple with the confusion of lack of guidance (Buchanan & Hyde, 2008). When the teachers came to class in our case, it was evident that they had no working plans and they never even provided homework. It just took the confidence that we could have on them, and that compromised their delivery of education to us whenever they appeared. This is typical with any learning situation, because, students learning through the facilitative theory guidelines base all their learning on the expertise of the teacher. With the lack of lesson plans, there exists a lack of preparedness on the teacher, and that can cause massive disconnection in the learning processes (Baker, 2010).
A positive thing that learning on our own accord brought to us is the development of the skill of research. This is contrary to the fact that facilitative theory encourages the submission to the directions of a lecturer. It is always challenging to accept the concepts, which teachers introduce into learning on some occasions. However, when a personalized learning process becomes the option for students, the student does not have any conflicting information to deal with while learning. The student does personal research and assimilates the findings, which produces a personal understanding of the concepts. It may be hard to take up such learning, and concepts may be confusing at some points, but this all helps the student to develop critical thinking (Baker, 2010).
Kolbs model promotes learning through experiments that produce experiences in the learning process. These experiments are proof of concrete solutions and applications, which a learning process brings about. It takes the convincing of students to have them in concurrence with the facts that a lecturer gives (Buchanan & Hyde, 2008). With the absence of teachers in a learning process, such experiments are invalid, and that leaves students without any concrete experience to base their learning. This was the case with our learning, which lacked assignments from teachers, who were never present to provide challenging aspects for observation of results. That means that there was no conceptualization of results from any experiments and students have to create personal assumptions (Carbonneau, Vallerand, Fernet & Guay, 2008).
Application of educational theories on learning situations
The learning theories that guide education can be assimilated, into education, to promote a smooth running of the learning process (Carbonneau, Vallerand, Fernet & Guay, 2008). Research, into the influences of teacher presence on the performance of students, shows positivity in learning and improvement of student performances. Educational delivery in situations of facilitative models depends on the presence of the teacher to give students the motivation necessary for their excellence. The involvement of teachers in the teaching process shows their passion on the students' education and leads to improvement of the students' performance. Taking on our situation when teachers had no lesson plans and gave no assignments, it showed that they lacked the passion for teaching (Carbonneau, Vallerand, Fernet & Guay, 2008).
It would be extremely motivating for students if their teachers showed passion when teaching them. The passion, which teachers use to give assignments, show students that it is important, to understand the concepts taught to them, and they prove that by performing effectively in assignments given by the teachers (Carbonneau, Vallerand, Fernet & Guay, 2008). Student performance, therefore, need the passionate involvement of teachers because it is the promoter of enthusiasm in learning. The…