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Teachers: A Simple (Not Easy) Pedagogy Assessment

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I have discussed and promoted the need for educators to reflect deeply on their beliefs, processes, and practices in several of my posts: Where is Reflection in the Learning Process and  Teacher Agency: Coming from a Strong Foundation.  As another strategy for engaging in this type of self-reflection, I developed these questions to have educators assess their pedagogical principles and instructional preferences:

  • Do you want your students to parrot the thoughts of others or want them to develop and express their own original thoughts?
  • Do you want students to consume knowledge and content or have them to add content to existing knowledge bases?
  • Do you want to give your students the content to be learned or have them learn to search for and locate the content for themselves?
  • Do you only teach students only what was or do you also ask to imagine what could be?
  • Do you have students copy what is or do you ask them develop and create “new” things?
  • Do you tell students what projects to create or give them the permission, time, and resources to create their projects?
  • Do you focus on telling students your and other experts’ stories or do you integrate the students’ stories in the classroom?
  • Do you view all students are equal or do you see them as unique individuals and help insure that each receives unique instruction?  (tricky)
  • Do you seek to control the behavior of your students or do you work to teach them the skills to manage and direct their own behaviors?
  • Do you want your students only to learn to just listen to you, the teacher, or also to one another, other students, adults, and experts?
  • Do you insist that your students be like everyone else or do you insist that they become their own individual “selves”?

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This title of this post states “simple but not easy” because to answer the questions is simple.  I know that every good teacher would answer these questions in the direction of student-centric education; one that is in the best interests of the student.  But implementation is another thing.  To implement the non-maintstream alternative is not easy given the accountability systems, one’s own training and background, and mandated school initiatives.  It takes a strong, self-directed and courageous educator to do so.

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Written by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

December 11, 2013 at 2:44 am

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  1. I love this assessment, though to me it’s a no-brainer what type makes for a great teacher. I wonder how many have authentically filled it out and either followed through with a plan to make an authentic student driven environment or actually believed that the “1st column” is what they believe? I also agree it’s hard to implement for there is SO MUCH out there from what to choose that I am of the firm belief that every teacher needs a teaching coach – be it a seasoned teacher, administrator, or consultant – to help them on the journey. Twitter, Networks are great, but there is nothing like an actual fellow human being to help you create a roadmap.

    • Great observations, Ariel – I agree but think now with social networking and professional learning communities – groups of several people has become the modern day mentor.

      Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

      December 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm


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