Understanding the Teaching Profession
Grand Canyon University
EDU 303N Foundation of Education
January 9, 2010
Teaching Profession 2 Teaching is the highest form of understanding. It may be easy to get into the profession of teaching, but being a good teacher is not easy. Normally, it takes a long time to acquire the characteristics of a good teacher. Sadly, experience does not make everyone a great teacher. However, it is important for everyone in the teaching profession to try to excel, as life could not sustain itself in an absence of good teachers. Great teaching demands many things from professional educators including subject knowledge, caring attitudes, classroom techniques, commitment, and desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. No wonder it is hard to find great teachers. Good teachers are well organized and have clear ideas about their daily teaching plans, assignments, and grading policies. Their structured lessons and assignments offer many opportunities for students to learn new skills. Those seeking excellence in teaching continue to gain additional knowledge of their subjects and instill this desire in their students, too. Good teachers always push their students to strive for their goals. They will always motivate them to trust their own abilities, take chances, and experiment with different approaches. (what makes a great teacher?) Great teachers are accessible to their students even outside of their classrooms and after school. Their concern for their students is not confined to their own subjects but extends to the extracurricular activities in which their students are involved as well. Their good communication with students and parents helps them understand students' concerns....