This course has been a fresh air for me as it mainly focuses on what teachers should be in the class and from there assists us to understand what should be done in the classroom. In particular, it also focuses more on the personal perception towards teaching and learning, and asks us students to critically reflect on why we have these thoughts. From a prospective teacher point-of-view, this course made me appreciate the underpinnings of effective teaching and the journey towards professional development. I know from the start that the road to teacher professionalism is hard; however, this course provided an in-depth look of the journey, especially on the hindrances and benefits faced by teachers in the profession, in particular to their growth as a teacher.
The course outline for me are all relevant as it shed lights on the competencies need to be acquired by teachers in order to instigate effective teaching and learning in the classroom. Above all, I learned the following:
1. There is a need to reflect on what shapes our perception towards teacher professionalism as it is the requisite on understanding our perceived responsibilities in the class
2. Aside from mastery of the content and teaching strategies, teachers also need to have a competency towards integration of technology as the interaction of three provides richer learning experiences in the classroom.
3. There is a constant need for teachers to keep up with the changing trends in education as this would ensure that they stay competent in the profession.
4. Culturally responsive lesson content, well-rounded creative assessments that address the learning diversity in the classroom, and encouraging positive contemporary teaching strategies makes it easier for teachers to cater to all the learning needs and characteristics present in the classroom
In sum, the learning mentioned renders effective learning and teaching in the classroom. Without a doubt, I would utilize these in my prospective job, especially the integration of TPACK in the curriculum as there is a need for teachers to be in touch with the trends of the 21st century. Likewise, everything in this course corresponds to the teachings of my previous classes under the BES program; it is nice to know that everything I am learning is all interconnected and relevant.
With this regard I would certainly want to exhibit everything I mentioned when I become a teacher. Likewise, it is now my goal to ensure that I continue my professional growth through CPD and if possible, through PLCs. My goal is to learn, learn, and learn even outside the bounds of tertiary education. Hopefully, my constant pursuance of growth would render me as the type of educator I aspire to be: skilled, respected, and able to inspire learners to become teachers as well.