What is teaching?

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What is teaching?

Post by Toots » Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:35 pm

For some reason the thread regarding 'To Read or not to Read' by Andrew Davis has been locked. But I think Davis is making an interesting point about teaching which is highly topical at present.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... 2000.x/pdf

Geraldine said:

Anyone who can get beyond para 3:

First, there are no such things as specifiable methods of teaching. Teaching is a vastly complex human activity involving contextual and reactive practical judgments that are responsive to the myriad contingencies of classroom life.

is a saint...
Davis is saying that teaching responds to classroom situations and teachers do not deliver scripts; a person who simply delivers a script and ignores the classroom situation is not teaching. It's about the definition of teachers and teaching.

Unfortunately, the idea of teaching as being a skill or profession seems to be losing ground all the time. Someone on here attacked the idea of teaching being a profession just the other day, and no one challenged it. Now we have unqualified teachers being employed in free schools and academies, and we have Wilshaw suggesting that parents report what they judge to be bad teaching to OFSTED.

Authority and status are being whittled away from the teaching role, and what will be left when the job is complete? Is this really of benefit? Teachers need to be accorded trust, not just so that they can do their jobs properly but so that parents can feel secure. It seems as if many parents now feel it is their job to criticise and undermine teachers, in order to show they care about their children's education. How weird is that? What happened to the notion of partnership between parents and school?

http://www.theguardian.com/education/20 ... ar-schools
Wilshaw, however, said he would not support the expansion of grammar schools, which educate around 5% of pupils in England, and called for the focus to be on improving the country's current schools. He said that he hoped parents would help him carry out his work by contacting Ofsted when they came across serious failings in schools: "Parents write in to Ofsted and complain about an institution. And I would encourage that. Pushy parents have usually got kids in schools where, because they are pushing hard, standards rise."

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