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ERIC Number: EJ1065842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1072-4303
Teacher Development through Exploration: Principles, Ways, and Examples
Gebhard, Jerry G.
TESL-EJ, v9 n2 Sep 2005
To truly develop as teachers, we need to be free to explore teaching, and exploration can be based on a set of principles and ways to explore. Principles can include: (1) transcending the goal of improving our teaching by aiming at seeing teaching differently, (2) taking responsibility for our own teaching while recognizing the need for others, (3) taking a non-prescriptive stance; (4) basing teaching decisions on description, (5) being nonjudgmental, (6) being reflective, (7) going beyond a problem solving attitude, and (8) exploring through different avenues, such as by trying the opposite of what we normally do. There are a variety of ways to explore our teaching. Three ways I highly recommend and discuss and illustrate through examples include (1) self-observation, (2) observation of other teachers, and (3) talk with other teachers about what we observe in a nonjudgmental and nonprescriptive way.
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Language: English
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