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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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As many others have said, I

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As many others have said, I believe the term "expert" is up for interpretation; depending on the way in which you view that term it can be true or false. My inital response to our prior knowledge discussion was that an expert is someone who has experience and a lot of knowledge but who continues to learn. Later, I agreed with Casie and said that I don't believe in the teaching profession there is such a thing as an "expert" because to me this term gives the connotation that it is a person who is done learning. After hemming and hawing I have decided that I prefer the term "effective" teacher; however this disrupts our continuum from novice to "expert". I believe that a teacher can be effective very early on in his/her career, possibly even during the novice stages. Being effective is not just about knowing the content, but it is the way in which a person presents it to students, and the relationships one has with their class. Some attributes held by an effective teacher don't come with an education, you either have them or you don't. So though I am more confused about the idea of an expert teacher, I guess I am more convinced that I want to be described as an effective teacher.

Can we ever become "experts"?

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I am, as some in the field of education would describe me as, a "newby". A new teacher, fresh out of college, just getting my feet wet. Although college taught me a lot, I know now that the majority of what I will learn throughout my career in education will come from first hand experience and collaboration with colleagues. I understand that I am a novice teacher, this is not hard to understand. However, I don't feel as though any educator can truly call him or herself an expert teacher. So many aspects of the classroom are always changing, as well as that of Technology. We, as teachers, should always be learning and growing in order to be at the "top of our game". But to truly be an expert to me, means that we stop learning and stop growing.

I agree with the theory that

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I agree with the theory that we may never be experts at anything. We are always learning new techniques and strategies on how to better reach our students. If one would call themselves an expert, then it is almost as if they had given up after hitting the finish line. Teaching is more like a marathon that ends at retirement if at all. If I fell into that trap of thinking that I was an expert at some point in my career, I think I would become lazy in teaching. I believe that most teachers have the intrinsic motivation needed to strive for expertise.

Can a Teacher Become and Expert

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I am unsure of whether or not one can ever become and expert in the field of teaching. Just when you feel you have mastered something it changes. With education in a constant cycle of change, a teacher can be their own personal great, but I am not sure that you could ever be an expert. I look at being and expert as someone who has mastered all there is to know in their profession. This is a task that even the most dedicated teacher could never do.

Can a Teacher Become an Expert

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I am not sure that a teacher can ever become an expert. With the education profession being a continuous cycle how is it possible to master this profession. I think a person can reach a personal best, but may never reach expert. As long as we all strive to reach our personal best, and continue even beyond that we are doing the best job we can. Expert is a term I am not sure is applicable to the teaching profession.

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I believe that teachers will always be in the process of learning. Concepts and ideas change so rapidly with new legislation and teaching strategies.

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I think that teaching is a continual process. Teachers will always being learning whether through new teaching strategies, changes in legislation or more advanced ideas.

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I wondered when I posted this what peoples' perception would be in regards to "expert". Many have stated that they do not feel that a teacher can ever become an expert. Some have taken the position that, while a long and hard journey, teachers can eventually become an expert.

Does being an expert teacher mean that one knows everything there is to know about teaching their subject matter? Does it mean that they have all of the answers all of the time? Probably not. I don't think that anyone can ever know all that there is to know about educating students, let alone know know all there is about their content material.

JW

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I think that the word expert carries a great deal of responsibility. We all continue to learn and grow in our careers and fields of expertise. I think that the so called experts in any profession can admit that they have challenges that they face from time to time again. I recently spoke to an expert in the field of medicine who stated to me that he learned something new about a surgical procedure he has been doing for years. I feel that an expert can be a practice sometimes more than a state of being.

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I feel that being an expert teacher and just being an expert is a big responsibility to have. I look at a teacher good in his or her field more as a facilitator rather than an expert. An expert is an individual that displays special skills or knowledge derived from training and/or experience. I spoke to a physician recently to discover that he learned something new from a procedure that he has been doing for years. He shared it with his staff of doctors and they will now use the procedure to have patients lose less blood. Some people would think that an expert would already be familiar with what to do considering the years in medicine and the time spent doing the procedures. My point is that you never stop learning. Things are constantly changing. I would look at an expert more as an individual that continues to improve his or herself by keeping up with the latest trends, technology, journals, and whatever else it takes to be good at what they do. I consider that habit to be more followed by an expert. It shouldn't be a state of being. It should be an act followed. A teacher may pass their boards and be certified to teach in every state, however that doesn't make them a good teacher because teaching is an art.

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