Wednesday, 18 March 2020

ABOUT TEACHING

ABOUT TEACHING 
Years back I started work in Japan as an English Teacher.
I’d worked in Australia as a teacher prior to this, in schools and as a
private music teacher with a thriving practice. 
At orientation day some 200 recruits entered our company.
The question was asked “why are you in Japan?”  
The answers involved: travel, adventure, making some money, curiosity,
BUT
NOT ONE PERSON SAID THEY WERE THERE TO TEACH.
Some of those people spent many years there and I would hear some talk
about leaving to "start their career."
It may surprise you, not everyone who teaches actually considers teaching
as a career, or education as a subject itself worth studying. 
A study of Teaching binds the psychology of teaching & learning with the
micro-skills of teaching and core subject knowledge.
Professional teachers are more consistent, more likely to prepare for lessons,
not just show up. 
It’s generally better learning from someone who sees teaching  as a career,
not a stop-gap measure between gigs, like just something to do until they hit the
big-time with their hit recording, find a real job or win the lottery.
Some people  working as “teachers” have no interest in the subject of
teaching.
Give this some thought when choosing teachers.
Some people  working as “teachers” have no interest in the subject
they teach.
Give this one some thought when choosing teachers.
Yes I said that twice.
In music, the best player might not be the best teacher simply because
they are not interested in sharing their knowledge. A good music teacher
should be good at music AND interested in teaching.

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