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Novice to Expert

JW

Much has been said and written about teachers moving from being a novice teacher to an expert teacher. I understand the concept of "expert" teacher, but can one really ever be an expert in a field such as teaching. We may very well improve our effectiveness, but can we safely ever call ourselves an expert?

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I would have to answer your question as no! I do not believe any teacher can be an expert. An expert is someone who knows everything about their field of work. In teaching with all of the consistent changes for examples, standards, curriculum, and even students. Every year a teacher could get a student that they would have to research strategies to help that student be successful. You never know what kind of students you could get. Expert? no, master or veteran teacher yes.

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I believe teachers can be experts. Why wouldn't they be able to? Teachers, more than most professionals, continue their education and get feedback from colleagues and superiors, which helps them learn and grow. I know what you're saying about dealing with different students, but what about a teacher who has been teaching for fifteen years? How many different students were they exposed to? I don't think it's easy to become an expert and you don't just get there because of the years that are put in. But the professional that continues their education, that shares experiences with colleagues and is actively involve with their students' success, I believe they can achieve the "Expert" title.

I do not think teachers can

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I do not think teachers can be experts. To me that is someone who is an expert in everything. I can see teachers being experts in some areas. Education is constantly changing, so to me it is difficult to become an expert in education. Teachers work extremely hard in gaining all the knowledge they can in what they teach, but from experience by the time I am fully comforable with someone it seems that new ways and resources emerge so I become a novie again by gaining and trying the new information.

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I think that all teachers at some point were a novice. I know I was. I am now more experienced and have learned a lot the last four years I have been teaching. I also think that if a teacher considers themselves as an expert, they probably should no longer be in the profession. Calling yourself an expert means you know all you can possibly know. We all know that is never the case in education. If you want to be an effective teacher you will continue to learn from your experiences and learning best practices to better improve your teaching.

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Expert is an interesting term because if you take it literally, really no one can ever be an expert. Is there really an expert accountant, doctor, teacher, etc. who knows everything in their field? The answer is no. No one is truly an expert at anything because there is always something new to learn. Experts embrace that new learning as a way to further themselves as professionals. However, I do not believe the term expert means you have mastered every element of a task, but instead that you are experienced and educated enough to confidently work at the highest standards and mentor others. So to answer the original question, yes I think it is possible to be a master teacher.

Teacher

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Before I actually became a teacher, I definitely thought that a teacher could be an expert. Even during my first year of teaching I had a mentor that I considered an expert. Now that I am in my fifth year of teaching, I do not feel that I will ever consider myself an expert teacher. Everyday I learn something new and have new experiences. I do not feel that I will ever be a master of all situations that occur in my classroom. I do think that the more experience I have the better I may deal with a new situation. So, I have to agree that I will not consider my self an expert but I will consider myself an experienced or veteran teacher.

I, along with Aleisha, used

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I, along with Aleisha, used to think there was an expert teacher. Now that I have been teaching for a few years, I feel differently. I believe that all professionals, including teachers, should be lifelong learners. There is no expert accountant, surgeon, programmer, etc. It takes reading, discussions with colleagues and fellow professionals and experience. Can one become an experienced or master teacher? Most certainly. But should one stop learning once they've reached that title? Certainly not. Things are constantly changing in the field of education that teachers need to be aware of to meet the needs of all their learners.

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I believe that novice teachers exist because it is evident that beginners have so much to learn. Once you enter a new profession, you will be considered a novice because you are still learning. However, an expert might not be a title for an experienced teacher. It does not matter how long you have taught because there is always room for growth and methods are always changing and evolving. I used to think that expert teachers do exist, but I think I have changed my mind. There are so many areas in education and I think it would be difficult to say that someone would be an "expert" teacher in every single area.

Novice to Expert

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I think that all teachers walking into the classroom for the 1st time represent the classic novice teacher. To become an expert requres many different levels of competancy. It is not enough to have strong content knowlegdge, there is an importance to know how to teach and how the students learn. On terms of being considered an expert, I feel that is somewhat of a glass ceiling. I agree with Shirley, teachers need to constantly be expanding within their profession. I would not necessarily wanted to be considered "expert", but rather a teacher who is always learning.

I don't think that an

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I don't think that an "expert" teacher is one that has all the answers, rather one who knows all the correct avenues to find the them. Teachers who feel like they know everything quit learning. An "expert" is one who continues to learn each day and recognizes it is their responsibilty to continue to improve.

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