The «New» Foundations of Teacher Education – A Reader – Revised edition
Edited By Eleanor Blair
Questions for Reflection and Application
After reading the essays in Section Two, answer the following questions:
1. Everything that happens in a school should focus on the well-being and success of all students. Changing the expectations for the roles and responsibilities of teachers assumes that all teachers are committed professionals. How does one go about addressing the lack of teaching and learning effectiveness in some teachers’ classrooms without challenging a colleague’s competence or questioning his or her professional commitment?
2. Is there a role for teacher leaders in this scenario? What are the different kinds of roles that teacher leaders/learners might assume in a setting focused on student learning, not just student testing?
3. Discuss these different roles within the context of a continuum that focuses on different skill levels and developmental differences among teachers, for example, different teachers may be at different places with regard to experience, skill, and personal commitments.
4. And finally, what kinds of changes have to occur in teachers’ work, both in the classroom and in the larger school/institutional environment, for teachers to be seen (and treated) as professionals equal in stature with other educational leaders and administrators?
Answer these questions using both the ideas from the essays that we are considering as well as your personal experiences with the schools you have encountered during your life: as a student, parent, and/or teacher. References to specific ideas found in the Section Two essays are expected.
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