Of Teachers and Teaching Persuasive Essay by Nicky

A lecture on the role of and necessary techniques for teachers in the classroom.
# 149919 | 834 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 12, 2012 in Education (Teaching Methods)


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Description:

The writer asserts that striving to emphasize the positive aspects of each child and creating a sense of competency in areas where the child struggles is essential for educators. The writer further contends that a teacher must possess great emotional intelligence as well as know his or her material, although teaching is never following from a preordained script and diversity is essential in lesson planning. The writer emphasizes that teachers cannot teach; they learn from their students, from others and from the classroom.

From the Paper:

""Reading, writing, and 'rithmetic, taught to the tune of the hickory stick." The profession of education has come a long way from this old rhyme about "School days." Yet the new emphasis on standardized testing and the one-size -fits all educational approach this obsession occasionally spawns can cause us to forget the fact that teaching, at its finest, is always an individuated process. Every student, whether gifted or learning disabled, is unique. And every, or almost every, child is gifted or handicapped in some aspect of the possible range of multiple intelligences human beings possess. This theory was famously identified by Harvard educator Howard Gardener: some children are gifted linguistically, but struggle with music; some students have trouble with math but have great interpersonal intelligence, and some are kinesthetically intelligent and learn best by doing. Striving to emphasize the positive aspects of each child and creating a sense of competency in areas where the child struggles is essential for educators.
"A teacher must possess great emotional intelligence as well as know his or her material. Emotional intelligence, as defined by the theorist Daniel Goleman is possessing self-awareness, a giving spirit, having a strong sense of personal motivation to achieve goals, showing empathy, and exhibiting the ability to love and be loved by others. Goleman stresses that because emotional intelligence is socially constructed, it can be learned. The teacher must hone his or her own emotional intelligence to foster this quality in students, and constantly fine-tune the nature of the teaching materials to achieve educational goals for students with many different abilities and talents."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chaucer, Geoffrey. "General Prologue." from The Canterbury Tales. Line 310. August 12, 2009.http://www.librarius.com/canttran/genpro/genpro287-310.htm
  • Cobb, Will D. "School days." 1907. August 12, 2009.
  • Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam, 1997.
  • "Multiple intelligences." Thomas Learning. August 12, 2009.http://www.thomasarmstrong.com/multiple_intelligences.htm

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