Becoming a Reflective Teacher of English
– As I reflect on my initial blog entry (see Appendix A), I realise that my understanding of literacy has developed expeditiously, from a simplistic view into a multi-faceted outlook that underpins learning throughout the curriculum. Although I had indicated an awareness of the interrelationship of speaking and listening, reading and writing (SLWR), I did not conduct in depth analysis that considers these elements specifically with the process of learning. This essay will discuss how my understanding of SLWR has evolved, and in examining the links between lectures and workshops, further reading and school based training (SBT), will reflect on how this has impacted on my development as an Engli…
Using Reflection to Identify Teacher Development Needs
– Within this assignment I will start with a brief outline of what reflection is and propose a rationale for engaging in reflection. I will then identify three key themes that featured in my reflective journal and explore these using theoretical models and critical analysis in relation to the development of my professional practice throughout the course and as a trainee teacher. I will then conclude with a summary of my development and identify future professional development needs. “Reflective practice is understood as the process of learning through and from experience towards gaining new insights of self and/or practice” (Boud et al 1985; Boyd and Fales, 1983; Mezirow, 1981, Jarvis, 1992)….
Teacher Observation Placement Analysis
– My observation placement is in the School District of Smallville. As of the 2011-2012 school year, the district has 10,293 students who attend school, 23 percent of their student population are minority students. While the population of the school (78 percent as of 2011-2012 school year) identifies as White, the population in minority students has been increasing over the years. The Latino/Latina (or “Hispanic” as stated by the district’s report) has increased by one percent since the 2010-2011 school year; the Latino/Latina student population rose from 1,054 to 1,092 students….
Teacher Expectations and Education
– Teacher Expectations and Education One thing I’ve learned this year is that teachers must always strive to adapt to the wide range of individual student abilities, learning styles, and interests even within a single class, but still maintain reasonable expectations, especially if tracking is present in the school. Through my observations, it seems that teacher expectations for students became increasingly lower with each “track.” Furthermore, minority, low socioeconomic status and learning support students most frequently appear, in the lower tracks….
Role of the Teacher
– Role of the teacher: According to collective argumentation model by Brown and Renshaw (2000) the skills of representation, comparison, explanation, justification, agreement and validation are to be used in co-ordinating the phases of their interaction in small groups. The use of these strategies is realized in small group situations in which the teacher first guides the students in sharing their personal views on interpretation of the problem or task in question. This is followed by comparing, explaining and justifying various perspectives in small groups, by establishing a joint agreement, and then by presenting the group’s joint representation to the whole class for validation….