The Importance Of Teaching And Learning As A Teacher

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Teaching has been one of the oldest services to the society in any culture. The base of any nation and culture is established by preparing the human resource for further development of the nation mostly through formal methods of education. Since it has such a great potential to impact the future generation and in nation building, formal education has always been valued especially by social institutions like the government, the church, the family and civil society. The moral purpose attached to being a teacher rendered it to be a ‘noble’ profession.

In today’s changing global and local context, the role of a teacher poses unique challenges with profound implications for teaching and learning. ‘As a consequence of (imposed) changes in
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 the importance of making learners aware of how to learn (importance of metacognition) and to engage them fully and actively in the learning process (personal experiences and role of assessments for learning)
My Rationale- Importance of the role of a teacher: Classrooms today reflect a progressive, ‘constructivist’ and child-centered model of school instruction as against a ‘traditional’, ‘teacher-led’, ‘front-of-class style of teaching’ generation to which I belong. Teachers of today are professionals who are now expected to not teach in that sense- its more to do with acknowledging and understanding the fact that learning is a life-long process and ‘to offer children the benefit of that understanding’ ; ‘they need to build and develop a capacity for change and risk’ (Hargreaves 2003:15) , and learn new ways to teach. They are trained to ‘build special knowledge of professionalism’ which in my understanding means to be reflective ‘change agents’ who need to ‘bridge’ the past, present and future; make meaningful connections between the traditional and the innovative in order to constantly adapt to the process of change in modern society.
For our introductory PGCE session in early September 2016, the key note was delivered by Kate Frood, Head teacher of Eleanor Palmer. One of the ideas shared by her on the significance of the role of a teacher left a lasting impression on me ‘Changing lives- the power you have is frightening’- pretty much sums up my decision
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