¶ … Impressions of Teaching as a Profession and the Reality
The teaching profession is one of the oldest ones and has experienced growth over the years as a result of its dynamic nature of the teacher's role in the education system. Teachers are assuming new dimensions as the ways by which children learn change in addition to changes in the general learning environment. The early impression of the teaching profession is that it was simply involved in imparting knowledge on the students. This was done with very little consideration of the student's academic capability or needs. Over the years, this has been evaluated to be ineffective and it has caused many children to drop out from school as a result of them finding school to be difficult as well as others who feel alienated in school. Other negative effects that have been reported include antisocial behavior as a result of the students not being given the attention they require. There have also been increased incidents of violence in school as well as other behaviors such as aggression and bullying. This led to the change of the teaching profession to incorporate ways of including children in the learning process and providing solutions that are customized to each child. This leads to increased development of pro-social behavior as well as helping students get wholesome education unlike solely academic knowledge which was imparted in the earlier impression.
Teachers often assume that the assumptions identified by Barr (1945)
. It is argued that this assumption arises from teachers having difficulty translating what they learn theoretically to the practical environment. This sentiment is echoed in McAlpine, Weston, Berthiaume, and Fairbank-Roch (2006)
who states that teachers are often undertrained for the demand that their work has. They do not have practical experience in teaching and often find teaching to be an extremely challenging profession. Hourcade and Bauwens (2001)
identified that personal causes are the main contributors to these assumptions. These personal causes include lack of the proper attitude, inappropriate career choice and lack of suitable personal characteristics. There are also situational causes such as loneliness in the teaching environment, difficulty relating to parents and students, huge workloads and inadequate training. Brouwer and Korthagen (2005)
also states that teachers often need to come off as confident and competent which often leads them to a dilemma when they are faced with the challenges of the teaching environment.
argues that these initial impressions are formed when the teacher is a student. This is a phenomenon that is referred to as the 'apprenticeship of observation'. Simply put, it is how each student sees and admires the teacher as a knowledgeable person who makes a great impact on the lives of the students. Without the teacher, the students cannot in most cases learn. This leads the students to admire the profession and prefer it without assessing their capabilities to succeed as teachers. They also do not consider the practical nature of teaching and the hassles that it involves.
Education textbooks and courses are also to blame since they convey the notion that learning does not create any problems provided the specified methods are applied to the letter. Generally, teachers are not made aware of the challenges in their profession until they face it practically. Teachers are also often encouraged to find their own teaching style which they feel is best to impart knowledge. Teachers often find that though they develop these…
Impressions of the Teaching Profession The profession of a teacher and a teacher's role in an educational system is assuming new dimensions as the children's learning and family environment is getting more complex day by day. A few years ago, teaching was primarily concerned with imparting academic knowledge and this was often done with little consideration to the learning capability of the student, leading to high dropout rates and student alienation
As I began to realize that I was expecting less than they were capable of I realized that some of my preconceived notions about the teaching profession were coloring my viewpoint. One example was the day a preschool student from the regular education class came to me and handed me a book that she wanted to read to me. I was surprised but let her open the book and begin reading.
Teacher evaluation is a controversial topic. It is often thought by the general public and even some educators that once a teacher rises to a certain level there is little incentive to alter practices based on current research or training and even more alarming the ability for an administrator to terminate a teacher's contract can be difficult. According to surveys of parents and administrators, incompetence in the teaching profession has become
She says that even "ordinary" situations, as soon as mandatory state testing is emphasized, that testing process becomes less valuable because it often ends up measuring results that are more representative of test-taking preparation rather than they are representative of genuine learning and academic proficiency. Tenure The interview subject expressed intense frustration at the way that the tenure system in modern education undermines the system. She has encountered several different fellow
"Many of our current challenges are unprecedented," the president explained. "There are no standard remedies, or go-to fixes this time around. That is why we are going to need your help. We'll need young people like you to step up. We need your daring and your enthusiasm and your energy." I will continue to offer my enthusiasm and my energy -- and hopefully I will be daring enough to
Maranzo Domain First Year Teaching Performance Current Teaching Performance Selection of Content Selection of Instructional Strategies Use of Assessment for Learning Classroom Management Student Motivation Haberman Dimension First Year Teaching Performance Current Teaching Performance Persistence Protecting Learners and Learning Application of Generalizations Approach to At Risk Students Professional vs. Personal Orientation to Students Reaction to Burnout Fallibility My first year teaching experience was one that can be described as an adjustment period. No amount of education or student teaching could have prepared me for the challenges that I