Webb Chapters 1 - Shaub 1 Christie Shaub January 22, 2008...

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Shaub 1 Christie Shaub January 22, 2008 ED 110.B Questions Week 1 1. What is a teacher? A teacher is first and foremost a professional with a specific job to do and a code of ethics/standards to follow. Within that description of a professional, the teacher then also becomes a mentor, a guide, a disciplinarian, a tutor, a counselor, an educator, a behaviorist and an artist. Their most important job is to encourage the students to want to learn. They must help students to overcome their struggles to understand the intended concepts and alter lesson plans to accommodate those struggles. They must be understanding with home problems and accommodate for those without jeopardizing the professionalism of their career. 2. What do you think about the population census of teachers at various grade levels in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, age, etc? See the statistical census in the Webb text and on the websites cited. The population census shows that the majority of teachers are aged in their 40s/50s which can mean one of two things. Either not enough young students are entering into the teaching field, or not enough are staying in the teaching field. Perhaps if there were better incentives for new teachers to want to stay in the field, the percentages of younger teachers would increase and the void of teachers would decrease. As far as the sex ratio, there are definitely a lot less males in the teaching profession, but then there are quite a few more men than women in other professions. Instead of being a gender bias, it is more a matter of preference. Many men probably just don’t find the act of teaching appealing. It would be good however to have more men as teachers because it would give some of the boys in school an adult figure to relate to. The ratios of minorities to white, non Hispanic is extremely low. For the same reasons as increasing the gender ratio, it would be helpful to give the students a role model to look up to. 3. What makes teachers “professional?” Teachers have specialized knowledge acquired through study. Teachers also provide an essential service to society. They are forced to make decisions and judgments in order to provide the most effective service for their students. Teachers must follow school policies, regulations, curriculum guides and state requirements. Teachers operate under a code of professional standards and ethics. 4. How can I become a professional teacher? After becoming certified to teach, and after teaching for three years, I could become certified by the National Board. I could also join professional organizations such as those listed below.
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Shaub 2 5. How can the required Arcadia courses for certification program help me think and feel like a teacher? Having the chance to go into the field and observe other teachers from an outsider’s
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ED 110.B taught by Professor Linden during the Spring '08 term at Arcadia University.

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Webb Chapters 1 - Shaub 1 Christie Shaub January 22, 2008...

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