Become a Master Teacher through “Reflective Practice”
Teaching is a very demanding job. Teachers face a wide range of dilemmas in their professional lives.
They have to prepare their lesson plans, teaching material, deal with different classroom issues, organize and control the class, motivate the students, and at the same time they have to keep their families satisfied. Dealing with all these challenges requires the teachers to make them professionally competent and improve their practice.
Nowadays, it has been seen that the teaching-learning programs in the schools is very mechanical and result oriented. It is not able to make student beliefs, skills and personality of the kind which will enable them to perform their roles in their job, family and other spheres appropriately.
The root cause for this has been traced to the lack of reflection among teachers. Where do the teachers acquire knowledge and skill of reflection? Is it the family or the training institute? When the teacher education institution takes the task of preparing teachers, it is their responsibility to train the teacher trainees in the skill of reflective practice.
The trainee before entering the teacher education institution already possess some beliefs about “teaching”, “learner”, “evaluation”, “curricular content”, “classroom environment”. These beliefs are reinforced and shaped by the teacher education institution through active engagement in its curricula.
Reflective practice is thus an art, it is a systematic process of reflecting on own experiences and the events those have already taken place. It is also a process by which change in the belief system, skills and attitudes of a teacher educator take place. As this technique allows the teacher educators to recall their own experiences so as bring self-awareness and self-development in themselves.
Through the techniques of the reflective practice, teacher educators can not only improve and bring the required changes in themselves but also they can efficiently enhance the complete teaching-learning system. Reflective practice is thus, definitely required to be learnt by all the teachers, teacher educators and teacher trainees as it enables the individuals to perform improved and a better role in all spheres of their life.
This art of reflective practice also enables the teacher educators to find out the defaults and the weaknesses of the teaching and the learning systems thereby bring a considerable amount of change in the society as well as educational institutes.
Within our education domain, there are different standards on which a teacher is judged. Professionals in the education system are termed as master teachers. If you're asking yourself, what is a master teacher? you're not alone!
Being called as a master teacher, may not be an award or a specific honour but the accomplishment of becoming a master teacher is a personal achievement.
More importantly, he/she must be able to fulfil the diverse needs of the students.
If you’re a teacher looking to make a difference in your students lives by becoming a master teacher, here are a few ways you can reach this high, personal honour:
1. Understanding the psychology of the students and then beginning your lesson with your students.
2. Determining the current level of the students.
3. Focus on thinking processes and problem-solving skills rather than mere facts and figures.
4. Make learning fun but not entertaining.
5. Supporting the students along the way of learning by determining the weakness of the students.
6. Use feedback to help you and your students to get better.
7. Visualize the art of teaching as an experimental endeavour rather than naturally entails risk.
8. Establish high academic standards.
9. Focus on quality rather than quantity.
10. Never work harder than your students but always smarter than your students.