Chapter 1

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Becoming a Teacher:
Looking Forward and Backward
at the Same Time
Collin College
EDUC 1301
Dr. Nita Thomason
Chapter 1
Teaching is “the essential profession, the
one that makes all other professions
possible.”
-from Promising Practices: New Ways to Improve Teacher Quality, US Dept Ed report, 1998
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Do I have what it takes to become a good educator of the very
young?
What do I believe about how children learn?
Why do I want to work with children?
How do I think about concepts such as equity, diversity, and
fairness?
What personal qualities and abilities do I possess that will
make me successful in working with children?
What kind of teacher do I want to become?
How will I demonstrate my commitment to children through my
work?
What attitudes, skills, traits do I believe are required to excel
as a teacher?
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 List
three top reasons for considering a
career in teaching – BE HONEST
 Share with a small group
 What motivations are common to many
people in the class?
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 List
five strengths you possess
 List five challenges you struggle with
 Share with the class as you are
comfortable
 What strengths and challenges are
common to many people in the class?
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 Story
of you, as a student
• Attend preschool?
• At what age did you start school?
• Did you walk, ride bus, get driven?
• Feelings on entering school, classroom
• How did school smell, sound, look?
• Earliest classroom memories
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These drawings show how 3 perspectives on a
classroom. What would yours look like?
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Dentist
• Extract response from students
Tour guide
• Set itinerary, interpret, explore with group
Sailor
• When wind blows in the wrong direction, you change course
Toolbox
• Give students ability for lifelong learning
Hill climber
• Stop often to check everyone’s progress, keep group climbing
What’s your metaphor?
 Describes
your ideas about teaching &
learning and how that will guide practice
 Should
 Forms
be based on educational research
important part of teaching
portfolio (Lab Manuel gives outline)
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A profession typically:
• Offers essential service to individual & society
• Has unique body of content knowledge & skills
• Makes decisions based on valid knowledge,
principles, and theories
• Requires formal training
• Uses professional assoc. to control admissions,
standards, licensing
Teacher’s commitment to the student
1. Support independent action in pursuit of learning
2. Offer access to different points of view
3. Don’t suppress or distort subject matter
4. Protect student from harmful conditions
5. Don’t allow student to be embarrassed or disparaged
6. No discrimination on basis of race, color, creed, sex,
national origin, marital status, political or religious
beliefs, family, social or cultural background, sexual
orientation
7. Won’t use professional relationship for private advantage
8. Don’t disclose student information unless required by law
or in service of compelling professional purpose
Teacher’s commitment to the profession
1. No lies or failure to disclose on job applications
2. Offer fair representation of professional
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qualifications
Don’t help unqualified person enter profession
Don’t lie about a candidate’s qualifications
Don’t help anyone teach illegally
Don’t disclose information about colleagues unless
required by law or in service of compelling prof.
purpose
Don’t lie or gossip maliciously about colleagues
No gifts/tips/favors that might influence prof.
decisions
 Honor
diversity
 Believe in worth & dignity of each person
 Recognize importance of multiple truths,
multiple expressions of excellence
 Nurture democracy
 Adhere to highest ethical standards
 Salaries
– improving; National Average
is ~$45k; Texas Average is ~$40k
 Benefits – retirement; health care; etc
 Status – depends upon who you ask…
 Power - unique power over students
 Work Schedule - “June, July and
August” off; weekends off; work day is
usually less than 8 hours
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 Working
with Students/Children
 Performing a Significant Social Service
 Stimulation & Support from Fellow
Teachers and other Educators
 The Work of Teaching
 That feeling…..
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 Social
atmosphere, the way students
experience school
• Orderliness, clarity & enforcement of rules
• Teaching practices, diversity, relationships
• Halls friendly or silent?
• Nurturing vs. authoritarian
 Values, Beliefs, and Traditions
What behavior is rewarded?
 Real
encounters with children
• Coaching, mentoring, church school, etc.
 Vicarious
experience
• film, fiction, memoirs about teachers
 Guidance
• advice from those who know you
• esp. educators
 Reflection
• the most important source – can you cut it?
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 Work
in Groups of 4
 Individually select three quotes from
handout that reflect your ideas about
teaching.
 Come to a consensus in your groups on
which quote represents the group most,
and then least.
 Share with the class as requested
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