To create an environment and an opportunity for faculty to discuss with each other the art & craft of the practice of teaching and to engage in ongoing reflection to improve and enhance the educational experiences offered in SPSBE.
What Can We Learn From Careful Examination Of The Artistry Of Teaching In Our Professional School?
Engagement in “reflection –in-action” and “knowing-in-action”
Examine and fully develop one’s own philosophy of teaching and learning
Creation of a community of practice and reflection
Write down your philosophy of teaching and learning. Then place in a envelope.
“ It is important to realize the implications for our students of our own critical reflection. Students put great store by our actions and they learn a great deal from observing how we model intellectual inquiry and democratic process. Given that this is so, a critically reflective teacher activates her classroom by providing a model of passionate skepticism.”
As Osterman (1990) comments, "critically reflective teachers – teachers who make their own thinking public, and therefore subject to discussion - are more likely to have classes that are challenging, interesting, and stimulating for students.”
The book has won the 2004 Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for an outstanding book on education and society. He has won four major teaching awards, including a teacher-of-the-year award, faculty nomination for the Minnie Piper Foundation Award for outstanding college teacher in Texas in 1980 and 1981, and Honors Professor of the Year Awards in 1985 and 1986. A 1990 national publication named him one of the best teachers in the United States.
When John Sexton took the oath of office as the fifteenth president of New York University in 2002, he called for a new kind of professor in the twenty-first century. “We must recast our notion of what it means to accept the title of ‘professor,’” he argued.
The concept of the “tenured professor as an ultimate independent contractor ” must give way to the view that faculty members in the university embrace community responsibilities for the “entire enterprise of learning, scholarship and teaching.”