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Becoming an Expert Teacher

Shannon

Do teachers over time become 'expert' teachers? According to Garmston's article, "Becoming Expert Teachers", there is a process in professional development as educators. He notes that a school's support can be implemented. "The question is how can schools best support and accelerate this journey for more teachers", (Journal of Staff Development, 1998, p 1). I believe that after 6 years of teaching, I have moved from novice to progressive when it comes to my knowledge in the content of the grade I teach. I have become more confident in the level of expertise in some areas, but by no means will I say that someday as I reflect on my contributions to society, that I was an expert in the field of education. It is a work in progress. I do agree that experienced teachers know more than novices, but I am using the term experienced not 'expert'. As noted in the article, "expert teachers know more than novices." (p 1). I think the term expert should be translated to experienced. It is through experience that we move from novice in any field to knowledge and understanding, and thus applying that in the classroom after many hours of organizing and changing the way we teach more effectively. Teachers have to learn to re-create, re-evaluate themselves, and this is a daily perseverance. Any thoughts?

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I believe that most teachers

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I believe that most teachers are not "expert teachers." It is a goal for every teacher to know their craft extrememly well. But i have found that even as a new teacher their is always learning new ideas and curriculum at any stage. I have worked with teachers who still implement strategies from 20 years ago. Just because they know the content material, and are efficient at teaching certain lessons. Their is always learning. An expert is a teacher who knows the content of their subject, but also goes to conferences implementing new ideas learned. As an expert you are constantly adapting to diff teaching methods. I think there is a difference from experience teacher and an expert teacher. I believe most of them are in the experience criteria.

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I would have to agree with you that experienced is a much better word than expert when referring to the teaching profession. I feel that as a teacher it is our job to grow professionally and I see that as something that needs to be worked on a daily basis. Do we really ever know enough? I think that those teachers who try to better themselves professionally by reading, researching, continuing their education-those are the teachers who will be having the most successes. I still don't think I would classify them as experts. I would like to meet the person that thinks they are an expert at teaching, because I know that even after teaching for 13 years, I have a long way to go and a lot to learn.

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I totally agree with you about not using the word expert and using experienced instead. I don't feel that many people can be considered an expert at anything, not just teaching. There is always room to learn something new or to become better at something. I have found in my classroom that although I may feel that I know all there is to know about certain subject matter, I always learn something new when teaching it.

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It is so hard for me to go above and beyond the everyday tasks. I am sooooo tired at the end of a school day because my students demand so much of me. It is hard for me to do much else, but what is expected of me in my job description. I agree with Audra and others that expert teachers are few and far between. After all we are all human and even teachers with 20 or 30 years experience make mistakes.

I also read another post about a teacher feeling they are far from expert in Special Educatio because they are still honing in the curriculum of my students. It doesn't help me that my student demographic is constantly changing. I started the year out teaching third grade. Now I am teaching first and second. So right when I get a grasp on the grade's curriculum expectations, my students are moved around.

Hopefully, I will become more familiar with the curriculum in my 2nd year of teaching special education so I can begin to practice and improve in other areas of special education such a learning strategies, differentiated instruction, and creating engaging lessons that allow my students to succeed.

Hello, I would have to agree

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Hello,

I would have to agree with all of you I too do not like the word expert teacher. I would prefer experienced as well. I have always thought that as a teacher I have to be constantly keeping up with what is new in education. I feel as though we are in a field that is always changing. Every year we get new students in our class and we cannot always do the same things. I want my students to be life-long learners so, I myself have to become one. It is very hard to balance my personal life with my professional life.

I do not think that teachers

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I do not think that teachers over time become "expert" teachers? We can be more experienced, but not experts. As teachers we are long-life time learners, and we learn throughout our profession. There are so much changes in education, that is see it impossible for someone to an expert. As teachers our goal is not to be looked up as "expert" and try to impress people. Our goal is to make an impact on the students, and make them also "long-life learners."

I agree with your comments,

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I agree with your comments, Lisa on the continnuum of expert teachers. There is almost always something new a teacher could be learning and/or doing before being considered an expert. Sometimes, in my position as Title I Math teacher, I get looked at as I have all the answers. How I wish! But, in reality, I am a regular education teacher who teaches Title I Math. I'm not an expert in any way, but open to new experiences and learning what works best to help the students.

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This is my first real

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This is my first real experience blogging, but I have to say that I have found the information to be very interesting. Everybody is talking about becoming an expert teacher, but there are many different ways to share your opinion. An expert teacher to me is able to use many different modalties, able to maintain classroom behavior and have knowledge about the subject they teach. I also feel that it is important to know the students in the classroom and their cultures. I teach English Speakers of Other Languages so knowing about the different cultures is helpful to me so I do not step on any toes while discussing certain lessons. An expert is able to adapt and be flexible when unusual situations come your way. Being an expert to me means effectiveness with your class.

So Amy, do you think a

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So Amy, do you think a teacher should become a principal just after three years of teaching, one of them being a math lab teacher. I seem to have a problem with someone like that coming into my classroom and giving me an evaluation with nothing to base her information. Does she even know how much work is really involved in teaching students using the latest research? I have many concerns about this? It seems that our superintendant is hiring a lot of novice teachers to be principals.

Thanks Mike. I appreciate

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Thanks Mike. I appreciate your input. I agree.

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