Posted by: vinistorm | 12/04/2011

What Teachers should be

Reading the letters in response of Marie Myung-Ok Lee about the value of teachers in her life, made me realize how people are influenced by teachers and what they expect about practice from them.

Nowadays, some people speculate that technology can and will replace them. So, why are teachers relevant?

Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) is an example of common problems and views about the teaching practice.

 

Firstly, there no reasons to that. Other areas such as Biological Science can provide rules and patterns to their investigations; by the way, that’s what they rather do. However, Human Science has no recipe: teaching is a complex process and depends on very each situation. Teachers’ work suppose researching, planning, performance and also thinking about these practices.

Secondly, people expect too many roles from a teacher. They “must be free to be spontaneous, and to deal with each student as a unique individual” (Philip Howard), must be a person who you should reflect, must be encouragers of professional students’ lives and things like that. Expectations are extremely normal, but it can be a problem for the teacher to fill in those hopes. Nevertheless, if what I want is not what my teacher wants to teach, we’ll have a problem with learning. This is also a troublesome for these professionals have to: line up all expectations from all involved characters in the teaching-learning process (teachers, parents and students).

Finally, people usually see the value of teacher as a way to knowledge. Knowledge that people convey as a purpose to be achieved: a job or expertise. So, as the authors said, teachers help them to change their lives: it’s only because teachers provide the tool to discover their talents: knowledge.

So, what teacher should be? that is the question!

Vinicius and Paulo

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Responses

  1. The pressure envolving the professional “teacher” is unquestionable. Students, parents, society, bosses and even other teachers (their colleagues) keep reflecting on the teacher’s role in the world today. But I think that a teacher shouldn’t be just a teacher, or just an educator, or just anything else; a teacher should be a combination of many things, so that him/her can satisfy everybody’s expectation and know about many subjects.

  2. I do agree in some ways but I see teaching something who involves emotions, which cannot be systematically appraised and employed, and human values, which are quite outside the grasp of science. A ‘scientifically’ brought-up child would be a a pitiable monster. As Highet said ‘scientific’ teaching, even of scientific subjects, will be inadequade as long as both teachers and pupils are human beings. Teaching is not like inducing a chemical reaction: It is much more like painting a picture or making a piece of music, or on lower level like planting a garden or writing a friendly letter.” So you as a teacher should put all of you in class and do it as your own life and also have in your mind that nothing can be teaching as a formulas or you won’t do a great work and will make your pupils maybe hate the subject. In my oppinion Teachers has to be excpected to know what they are talking about and give as much as they can, otherwhise it would be a trash teacher. So Teachers are relevants and technologies make part of it.
    Tânia

  3. TEACHERS SUFFER A LOT OF PRESSURE THAT’S FOR SURE. EVEN IN THE PAST AND IN MY OPINION EVEN WORST TODAY BECAUSE OF THE WORLD NOWADAYS.
    THEY DON’T HAVE JUST TO TEACH , FOR OTHER PEOPLE THEY HAVE TO EDUCATE AS WELL. THE ATTENCIONS ARE POINTED AT TEACHERS MORE THAN EVER.

  4. I believe teachers are the heart of society, it is our duty to educate and not only teaching the subject.

  5. Teachers SHOULD BE all these good things, but, nowadays, most of the teachers don’t care about their students. In Brazil it’s hard to think in teaching like a good job because you don’t have motivation… and I’m not talking just about money… I’m talking about the students too.

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