Reposted from te@chthought:
I think we can boil the desired results of “teacher” down to a few core obligations. An educator must arguably cause four things in learners.
- greater interest in the subject and in learning than was there before, as determined by observations, surveys, and client feedback
- successful learning related to key course goals, as reflected in mutually agreed-upon assessments
- greater confidence and feelings of efficacy as revealed by student behavior and reports (and as eventually reflected in improved results)
- a passion and intellectual direction in each learner
With a genuine job description we can finally tackle a great problem in education, the common view that the job is to cover the content. No: “marching page by page through a textbook (or the written curriculum) can never be your job as a teacher” – ever. The textbook or curriculum is written completely independently of your goals and students; it is a generic resource that merely pulls together a comprehensive body of information and lessons in a package for use by thousands of people with varying needs all over the United States. It is utterly insensitive to formative assessment results and the near certainty that deviations from the pagination will be needed to cause high levels of learning.