by Gary R.Carlson
Teaching has been a factor in everyone’s life. Success comes to us who have had the fortune to have great teachers. Learned experiences comes from all the relationships we encounter during our life time of learning. With Maslow’s hierarchy of needs of physiological needs, Safety needs, belongingness and love needs, esteem needs and self-actualization fits into every learning moment. When parents teach their children how to speak their native language they don’t sit them down and teach a language course. So, when we look at Maslow’s hierarchy it starts from parents, relatives, friends and experiences. As many countries turn to its need to make sure the population receives a formal education to guarantee civilization some form of order and advancement potential. Some teachers may possess some form of good teaching techniques through their life experiences but most great teachers acquire excellence by increasing their knowledge by a life long learning pattern to reach the potential as a teacher.
Can good teaching be taught? Throughout my numerous years of working in schools I can asure you without a doubt good teachers only get better and move from good to great. What has been a positive experience in America is the teachers and schools who have been unwilling to hang on to the traditional mode of methods and delivery are making a new way of growth in higher student success and outcomes. Teachers from the start to finish are the answer to changing lives one at a time. As we set the expectations for what will be taught in subject areas it isn’t the subjects that make the difference but it is the teacher!
Institutions educate and prepare teachers to work in our schools at all levels. When we look at the requirements to be a teacher they are based on minimum requirements. States have their own certification requirements where licenses can be issued on a timeline of expiration or what we call terminal degrees.
I have had the fortune to observe and work with many great teachers. They all have had that innate motivation to improve for the benefit of their students. Great teachers possess similar characteristics on how they reached such great achievements. Great teachers teach other teachers how to be better teachers.
The answer to the question “Can teachers be taught to be better teachers”? “Yes”