Chapter 1 from Groundwater Smith, S., Ewing, R. & Le Cornu, R.
(2011), Teaching Challenges and Dilemmas, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne
How did the more thorough reading of the chapter impact on your initial response?
Initially, I thought that I knew the roles of a teacher and what I was getting myself into, as I progressed through it would appear I have had overlooked the complexity of a teachers role. It is not just teaching, but, much more!
How have your views changed as a result of the ideas in Chapter 1?
As a result of chapter 1, I now have even more respect for my previous teachers (even the bad ones) and the profession that is teaching/education. It would appear that teacher not only influence those who grow up and teacher them life skills to succeed but need to be aware of the different culture within their class, the needs and learning style of their students and constantly learning. Teacher is one of those profession where you are learning and dealing with something new almost every day.
Teacher also need to be aware of the choices they make in the beginning with students as there are sequences that can be making the wrong decision in the first instance can affect the rest of the resolutions. For example, do I assume the social responsibility with eh child and take an interest in the life outside of class or just be an educating.
Contrast your initial reflection (step 1 above) with your thoughts after reading the chapter.My initial response was that teacher only teaching his/her students. Whilst this was true it was not entirely true. I know realise that teacher do much more than teacher. Using there myriad skills need to be aware of each student and their individual needs. Each student is different. Teacher are constantly working our resolutions that involve the child and may affect sequence in the long run.
How does your response after reading indicate and awareness that “good teaching, well done, is hard and satisfying intellectual, emotional and physical work … (that is) also socially responsible work.”
Teachers use these skills to ensure they have maximum impact on the child education and their life. So, YES it does. I know now that teachers need to all of these dilemma in the class when working with children. There resolutions of these solution will have an impact later on in relation to their students.
Damien Walker is currently studying a Bachelor of Education, Food and Textiles Technologies at University of South Australia. This is him engaging with readings and questions throughout his teaching journey to gain professional insight and knowledge.