By Koby Levin.
Master of Arts in Teaching vs. Master in Education
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Not only is it essential that we draw relevance to the subject matter of what we teach, but it is also essential that we use mediums that are relevant to how students learn. Disconnecting from devices that WE use as adults and kids use all the time the minute students walk into school is wrong.
We are obligated to teach curriculum objectives but we are also obligated in our profession to help students find their own spark in learning. Why do I write this blog? It is my way of connecting with others and reflecting on my own learning. It is a way that I choose to share and learn with others.
There is no pay or compensation that I receive from this. A master teacher will try to tap into those ways that students love to learn and build upon that. Creating that spark in each student will lead them to continued success and growth. They will look at ways that they can grow along with students and develop their own skills. Education and learning will always change and a master teacher knows that they need to change with it.
I have seen teachers that have proclaimed that they are master teachers but have not changed their practice in years. Growth is essential as a teacher. Society changes continuously and so do its needs. We need thinkers in our workplace and teachers must show that they are on the leading edge of this.
Many students are smart enough that they know how to meet the objectives of a rubric and still not grow much in their learning. A master teacher sets the goals based on learning not on receiving a grade. This type of assessment is not about understanding what a students knows and reporting on it, but it is a tool used for learning. Character education is just as relevant, if not more so, than any learning objectives set out in a curriculum.
We live in a world where collaboration is vital to success and working with others is an important skill. Working with students to teach the fundamentals of respecting others and being able to listen and learn from others is vital. Students can have the smartest understanding of objectives but not have the ability to share these ideas with others in a respectful way or take the time to listen to other ideas. A master teacher ensures that students not only grow mentally in class, but also emotionally. As an administrator, I work hard to help teachers work in subject areas that they are passionate about because I believe that enthusiasm is infectious.
Nor does time equate to mastery.
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It is a label bestowed by one individual onto another, which can lead to unequal distribution, or worse, it can become an empty platitude said out of obligation rather than genuine appreciation. So, if there is no governing body, no standard of achievement, nor time of servitude, why is it even necessary to label someone a master teacher? Teaching is one the few professions in which your responsibilities on the first day of your career are equal to your responsibilities on the last day. A first-year English teacher will teach the same number of classes with roughly the same number of students on their first day as a year veteran on the last day of their career.
And in between the span of those career markers there is little formal recognition as many great teachers labor in obscurity. I asked master teachers to share the qualities that they recognize in others that are highly skilled and artistic in their approach to teaching.
Here are some of the many habits that master teachers have developed. These are the traits they have internalized and have made intuitive. I encourage you to tag one teacher that best demonstrates these qualities and share this post with him or her.
Validate the work that they do and honor the impact their work has had.