Being in the field of education, it is the teachers’ duty to keep updated on the new trends in teaching and learning. This can be done in a lot of ways like continuous practice of critical reflection, for as we reflect on our actions and plan ways to refine our behaviors and actions we learn from our experiences and enhance our knowledge and skills. Teachers can also engage in lifelong learning by taking post-graduate studies which can cultivate their knowledge base. Another way is by engaging in scholarship of teaching and learning. As teachers partake in research studies they continue to delve into new knowledge which also strengthens their knowledge base. As they discover new things their methods and strategies are being refined. Scholarly output serves as new information for the community which can be critiqued for improvement, adapted or applied as a new method/topic for teaching, and it can also encourage other teachers to engage in scholarship of learning.
I always mention in my journals how thankful I am that I took the PTC program because based on my previous experience teaching without knowledge base is like walking in dark. You can continue to walk all you want but you don’t actually know where you’re heading. I may have the subject knowledge but I am clueless on how can I teach it in a way that students can understand the information I am trying to deliver. ABC’s and numbers may look and sound as simple as it may seem but students who came to school who does not know anything about it will look puzzled when you give them even one letter, and taking their age into consideration you can’t just simply conduct a lecture empty-handed. With the knowledge that I gained from this program I guess I can now walk in the light and see where I am heading. It’s a long road but I am ready to start and make my venture. Therefore, professional growth is the pathway to effective teaching which can promote meaningful learning.
Soni, S. (2012). Lifelong learning – Education and training. FIG Working Week 2012, Rome, Italy. Available from https://www.fig.net/pub/fig2012/papers/ts05i/TS05I_soni_5945.pdf
Haigh, N. (2010). The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: A practical introduction and critique. Auckland, NZ. Available from https://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/download/ng/file/group-4/the-scholarship-of-teaching–learning—a-practical-introduction-and-critique.pdf, pp 1-10