WHAT FUTURE TEACHERS SHOULD FOCUS ON

Many young men and women who have found a purpose in teaching pursue it relentlessly. They want nothing more than to build the minds of the future generation through different subjects and lessons. Whether your focus is on English, Maths, Sciences, or any other subject, it is easy to see that an aspiring teacher can find work in any location, be it a public or private school. Of course, given how broad education is as a focus, it is easy to see that there are different focuses to account for.

Myschoolarena recognises that every child is unique; that they have different skills and talents, different styles of learning and they require personalised methods of teaching. A child that is perfect in reading and comprehension may be far behind in playing soccer. Another child who excels in Spelling may find it difficult understanding basic Mathematics or Sciences. This does not mean the child is not intelligent but has intellectual intelligence in that area. All children are intelligent. They develop better that which they have the skills in.

School owners and administrators should encourage their teachers to explore the use of many different teaching methods. The era of standing in front of the white/black board all the time, writing and teaching is far gone and are seen as not very active methodologies. The demonstration and teaching should not be the dominant but active methods. “The purpose of teaching is to move students away from being absorbers of information to being processors, synthesisers, creators and users of information.” (Sergiovanni, 1995)

It is for these reasons that I would like to talk about the focuses in question. Depending on your goals, as well as your comfort level, one focus may stand out to you more than others. For those who are curious to know which possibilities exist, as far as teaching is concerned, here are some of the greatest focuses to take into consideration.

Primary – Seen as one of the earliest forms of education for pupils to take up, teachers in this field are responsible for creating the proverbial building blocks. Perhaps one child has an interest in Maths, and may find him or herself enrolling in one of the many good schools notable for wining laurels in Maths Competitions. Another child may become a doctor in the future. Before these opportunities are pursued, primary school teachers can introduce them to basic knowledge, helping them understand it if any difficulty is seen.

Secondary – If primary school provides the building blocks, secondary school helps to piece them together. This is where students will start to get involved in more intricate topics, each with varied levels of challenge. Technology is just one example of what a secondary school student can get involved in, but who is to say that the challenge associated with it can’t yield rewards? It’s not out of the question for the student in question to, one day, take up work as an IT guru in today’s Nigeria Silicon Valley at Ebute Metta, Lagos and create world class IT HUB. This is also where social behaviour will grow, which is another element for teachers in this field to focus on. Teachers should be emotionally intelligent while teaching their students to be so too.

Special Education – Many children suffer from learning disabilities, which is unfortunate to say the least. Even though many children can learn and interact relatively easily, others may struggle, which is where special education can come into the picture. If you’re someone who teaches in this field, you know that patience is essential. Even if you believe one strategy to be effective, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll work in practice. This is why it’s important for special education teachers to adapt, be eager to learn as theirs is a work that very few can become involved in.

Of course, these are just a few of the possible focuses that future teachers may get involved in. As one can see, each field has varied duties to account for, with some of them being more tasking than others. If you’re up for the task, though, teaching will prove to be nothing short of rewarding.

 

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