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  • Learning is a continuous process whether they are students or teachers. So there must be continuous encouragement of debate and discussions on all issues in class rooms. Shying away from or restricting issues would amount to deception of the student and forfeiting of an opportunity to engage with young minds. Every question, every query is an opportunity to teach and to learn. Therefore, educational institutions should be places where discussions, deliberations and debates must take place. This is not only the essence of a democratic society but also the key to a lively and purposeful education and learning process.
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Learning Teaching

  1. 1. LEARNING TEACHING Adapted from Jim Scrivener.
  2. 2. FEEDBACK and REFLECTION <ul><li>Teaching English - very exciting. </li></ul><ul><li>After two years the demands of: </li></ul><ul><li>Getting to grips with subject matters. </li></ul><ul><li>Techniques. </li></ul><ul><li>Organization. </li></ul><ul><li>School politics. </li></ul><ul><li>Students. </li></ul><ul><li>IT CAN BECOME VERY STRESSFUL AND TIRING. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>IDEALS and ENTHUSIASM may fade away. </li></ul><ul><li>As time goes on, teachers have: </li></ul><ul><li>More experience to lean on. </li></ul><ul><li>More tried and tested lessons in the bag to recycle endlessly. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>But…..repeated down well-travelled roads leads sooner or later to boredom, to fossilization of routines, to increasing defensiveness and fear of change. </li></ul>
  5. 5. A QUESTION COMES: <ul><li>HOW CAN I KEEP MOVING? </li></ul><ul><li>Or </li></ul><ul><li>HOW CAN I BECOME THE BEST TEACHER THAT I CAN BE? </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The first important steps towards becoming a better teacher involved an increased awareness about what I do now and an openness to the possibility of change. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>If I want to move forward , I have to be clear about what it is that I do now. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Do I actually know what I am doing in class? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I ever stop and examine my actions , my intention, my motives, my attitudes? </li></ul><ul><li>What did happen in that class? </li></ul><ul><li>What was I like as a teacher? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I enable learning or prevent it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did I do the things I did? </li></ul><ul><li>What were the other options- the ones that I didn’t take? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Teachers can get: <ul><li>Feedback from LEARNERS. </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback from THEMSELVES. </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback from COLLEAGUES. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Jim Scrivener considers that: <ul><li>Observation of other teachers is an excellent way of helping oneself to become more aware of options and possibilities. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>He suggests a collection of Lesson Observation Tasks: </li></ul><ul><li>OPTIONS and DECISIONS. </li></ul><ul><li>STAGING. </li></ul><ul><li>THE LEARNERS. </li></ul><ul><li>FEEDBACK TO LEARNERS. </li></ul><ul><li>THOUGHTS and QUESTIONS. </li></ul><ul><li>STOLEN GOODS. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>We can teach and teach. </li></ul><ul><li>Or we can TEACH and LEARN. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can say: I know it all. I can relax for the rest of my career. </li></ul>
  13. 13. LEARNING TEACHING- <ul><li>It is a desire to move forward, to keep learning from what happens. </li></ul><ul><li>It involves feedback from others and from ourselves about what happened. </li></ul><ul><li>It involves reflection on what happened, together with an excitement about trying a slightly different option next time. </li></ul><ul><li>It is an aware and active use of the experiential learning cycle in one’s own life and work and work. </li></ul><ul><li>LEARNING TEACHING IS A BELIEF THAT CREATIVITY , UNDERSTANDING, EXPERIENCE AND CHARACTER CONTINUE GROWING THROUGHOUT ONE’S LIFE. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Trinidad – April 2009 Alice Zapata

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