I have the privilege of working with teachers. Within this group I include: future teachers, new teachers, “veteran” teachers, and retired teachers. As I get closer to the end of this list, I see one common thread- a belief that teaching is life-long journey.
I vividly recall one experience in my pre-service preparation experience. In a written assignment I wrote, “The day I think I am a good teacher, is the day I stop becoming a good teacher.” What were the thoughts of that 20-something me? How did I recognize the need for reflective practice and ongoing self-critique? Hey! I was young and it was the ‘80s. Maybe it was too much disco and a case of Saturday night fever. Whatever the reason for my young pondering, I am now where I was back then. In my work with soon-to-be and new teachers, I stress the importance of critical inquiry into their teaching practices. We discuss the commitment to lifelong learning.
I wonder. . . Are our current schooling practices promoting this way of thinking? Should they?
By Marisol Rexach, CES Doctoral Student