ERIC Number: ED358053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Professional Teacher: Master Communicator, Researcher and Scholar.
Packard, Richard D.
Being a teaching professional is a complex task within the social and organizational context in which teachers work. A model, "Variability of Developmental Needs within a Teaching/Learning Situation," provides a visual picture of the wide variety of students, typically in the broad but "average range" of knowledge, social/emotional, and physical development, that comprise a classroom. This paper describes characteristics essential to becoming a high-quality "professional teacher." These characteristics include the following: (1) the professional teacher as master communicator, understanding and using positive communication within interpersonal relationships; (2) the professional teacher as researcher--knowing how to assess readiness levels for every student through the use of multiple observation procedures; and (3) the professional teacher as scholar in a variety of educational and social areas, including the general social milieu, knowledge and skills in curriculum content and methodology, and principles of human development and learning. Four charts display major areas related to the extensive knowledge and scholarship required of professional teachers and some of the more critical principles of human development and learning. (LL)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Communication Skills, Context Effect, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Communication, Scholarship, Student Development, Student Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Teaching (Occupation), Teaching Skills
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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