1. My fundamental task is to evaluate the effect of my teaching on students' learning and achievement.
I believe that my students success depends on me as the instructor. It is my duty to them, to teach them, and explain concepts to them in ways that they will understand. If they don't understand, it is my duty to be innovative in the ways I can get this information across to them. It is what I am paid to do, and it is what I enjoy doing. When they succeed, it is because I have been successful in effectively teaching them.
2. The success and failure of my students' learning is about what I do or don't do. I am a change agent.
Students are there to learn, from me! Having many more years of getting this whole study thing figured out, the least I owe my students is ideas on how they can better learn by adopting successful study techniques, and to leave the tried and failed techniques behind. Change is a very valuable skill that allows us to grow much more easily and successfully. Promoting that change and growth in students is one of the greatest gifts that a teacher can give to their students. It will go on and continue way past the walls of the classroom.
3. I want to talk more about learning than teaching.
Teaching isn't nearly as important as learning is. And for students to learn that failure is how we learn is an important tool for them in their success. Sharing stories of success and failure is an important part of learning, and for students to be able to positively reflect on their defeats as well as their failures is important in their continued success. Learn from your past so you don't make the same mistakes in your future!
4. Assessment is about my impact.
When it is time for students to assess my contribution and teaching abilities, I always ask them to be as honest as they possibly can. It is through their words and judgements that I am able to become a better instructor. Without their sharing of their critique with me (both good and bad), I can not grow as an instructor.
5. I teach through dialogue not monologue.
Just because I am the teacher, doesn't mean that I don't learn just as much as the students, because they all have their own stories and information to share which in turn only deepens my own reservoir of knowledge. Talk and debate teaches everyone something new. Listening to a speech is boring, dull, and unremarkable.
6. I enjoy the challenge and never retreat to "doing my best".
Here, I disagree with the thought of 'doing my best' as being something to be ashamed of, or that I am somehow slacking off in some way. I push myself each and every day to give my students the best education they can get, because their success is a reflection of my success as a teacher.
But then I thought that perhaps he is referring to students 'doing their best' as not being good enough because we, as educators should always be pushing students further and further every day. A student's best today will not be their best tomorrow, because they are building up their skills day by day, an d therefore always raising the bar higher.
7. it's my role to develop positive relationships in class and staffrooms.
Always! Happy students learn better and retain their information better. Provitera-McGlynn (2001) stated that "Most students come to the first class feeling some level of anxiety, and studies show that two of their greatest concerns are whether they will like the teacher and how well they will get along with their fellow students." Dealing with that anxiety as soon as possible, and presenting a warm and approachable instructor, and allowing for student to get to know one another in the very first class, helps to alleviate unnecessary stress.
That goes for staff too. With all the stress and demand of a busy, demanding workplace, we all need to smile, have a laugh, and know that we can trust our coworkers to get done the things that need doing. We need to know that someone else out there 'has our back' and that we are all on the same team.
8. I inform all about the language of learning.
To be hones, I don't even know what he means by this. I will continue to search for the meaning,and will get back to you.
Provitera-McGlynn, A. (2001). Successful beginnings for college teaching: Engaging your students from the first day. Madison, WI: Atwood.