Learning assistants A perfect compliment to The reputation of the teacher is possibly one of the most fickleof all professions, the reason for this being the closed environment to which they work. As in all professions, reputation is important so to be able to carry this reputation forward it is important to earn the respect of not just pupils but colleagues, peers and the local education authority. Experience within local education authorities creates local professionals, as easy as this is to state it is just as easy to understand because of the relationships built between the teacher and other local professionals within the professional environment of the
Teaching is an extremely important profession as we are responsible for training up the future generations of our community, country and in effect, the world. In order to be a successful and effective teacher there are some basic skills and competencies that one must possess. The experiences that students have inside (and outside) our classrooms, schools and various other institutes will shape and mould their approach to our subjects and to life in general. Therefore, it requires a certain level of skill and training to be deemed professionally fit to enter into this career path and even then, continuous
I believe that I can pass along my own wisdom while simultaneously helping them to develop a knowledge base of their own. I believe that I can get through to students and allow them to reach new realizations. I believe that I can help them to see the process of schooling as an experience that is both interesting and enlightening. What follows is my interpretation of the teaching profession. It details the methodological and ideological frameworks that I would use to construct a learning experience that is meaningful for students.
Metacognition is the ability to understand the learning process of not only yourself, but the ones around you. Having this understanding allows you to convey information in a much more effective manner. Understanding the way I learn is important to the way I can approach problems and solutions. These issues and answers develop in many forms. Much like how an artist develops a process of completing a master piece, I can develop the tools to understand and learn in any situation, job, or
According to Clarke (2006) the role, responsibilities and boundaries are evolving qualities within the teacher which are assessed and reflected upon using the teaching/training cycle; a cycle of assessment, planning and review. My main role as a teacher is to facilitate
Being a teacher is one of the most difficult professions in the world. We are responsible for the education of all the future citizens. As teachers, content will always be a major component of what we do but it should not be what drives us. Kottler, Zehm, and Kottler (2005), authors of “On Being a Teacher: The Human Dimension”, believe that the “goal of education is not to teach subject matter but to promote the development of productive and positive human beings.” In order to accomplish that,
Within the task-definition stage, students are generating questions and making conscious choices regarding relevant information (Costa 1984, as cited in ALA, 2006). A metacognitive support system allows students to manage complex cognitive tasks and processes. (ALA, 2006)
Learners “construct knowledge” using cognitive strategies and they guide, regulate, and evaluate their learning using metacognitive strategies. It is through this “thinking about thinking,” this use of metacognitive strategies, that real learning occurs. As students become more skilled at using metacognitive strategies, they gain confidence and become more independent as learners. Individuals with well-developed metacognitive skills can think through a problem or approach a learning task, select appropriate strategies, and make decisions about a course of action to resolve the problem or successfully perform the task. They often think about their own thinking processes, taking time to think about and learn from mistakes or inaccuracies (NCREL, 1995). Some instructional programs that encourage students to learn metacognitive strategies encourage students to engage in “metacognitive conversations” with themselves so that they can “talk” with themselves about their learning, the challenges they encounter, and the ways in which they can selfcorrect and continue learning. Moreover, individuals who demonstrate a wide variety of metacognitive skills perform better on exams and complete work more efficiently—they use the right tool for the job, and they modify learning strategies as needed, identifying blocks to learning and changing tools or strategies to ensure goal attainment. Because metacognition plays
The great, Greek Philosopher, Aristotle once said: “ Those who Educate Children Well, are more honored than they who produce them.” While most people will have multiple teachers throughout their lives, not many will know the struggles teachers face in their everyday work days. From dealing with moody teenagers to comforting small children who have lost their favorite toys, teachers have many of the same duties parents have, though most parents do not have 25 kids, all the same age. Although teaching may not seem like the most luxurious profession, the truth is the world needs teachers and will continue to need teachers until science finds a new, more efficient way of teaching the population, which does not seem to be happening anytime soon.
Statement 1: "I believe students learn best when they are aware of their own thinking and patterns of thinking; therefore I will find ways to model positive thinking practices and teach the importance of meta-cognition." Different types of students have different limitations on their working memories. For example, students who are hyperactive,
The GTCNI Competence Framework (2007:10) cites the work of Sharpe (2004) who states that, Professional knowledge is no longer viewed as just consisting of a standardised, explicit and fixed knowledge base. It is now seen as knowledge which exists in use, is ethical in its use and is changed by experience.
‘the Government is approaching this aim through heavily managerialist institutions, with formal mechanisms of inspection, assessment and appraisal, measuring performance and setting targets, and offering rewards for those who improve and sanctions for those who do not.’(ATL 2005, p.2). It is this approach by the government, over the years, which has shifted the views on teacher professionalism. The erosion of creativity and autonomy reduces the need to reflect and as the ATL states ‘Review and reflection may be pointless in an environment where the teacher is or feels powerless to innovate, where decisions and changes are always imposed from above.’
Teachers have been in existence for thousands of years, influencing the lives of countless people. A teacher as “a person who teaches” and teaching as “giving systematic information to a person or about a subject or skill.” Yet, these definitions do not sufficiently explain the true role of a teacher. Clearly, a teacher provides information and imparts knowledge to his or her students. A teacher, however, is more than an instructor; a teacher is a motivator, a counsellor, and an ally.
2. Literature review 2.1. Metacognition Generally Metacognition is defined as “how individual monitor and control their cognitive process” (Young & Fry, 2008). Metacognition refers to being able to reflect upon, understand, and control one’s learning. Previous accounts of metacognition have differentiated
Before looking at my specific setting, it is important to acknowledge that the past has influenced the present and the future of teacher education. In fact, the role of a teacher existed prior to the concept of formal education. Teaching occurred prior to the recent creation of institutes designed to educate groups of student and prior to the more recent creation of the formal systems of educating teachers (Rosiek, 2017). An apprenticeship type preparation, which focus on skills and subject matter, composed the first teacher education. This was followed by the establishment of state controlled teacher certification programs and normal schools (Darling-Hammond, 2012).