Teaching Is The Art Of Teaching

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An Invitation to Life: The Art of Teaching Introduction Teaching is defined as the process of education which is guided by personal values, educational needs, and a range of beliefs that a teacher holds to be true (Eisner, 1994). In order to teach effectively, one has to rely on educational theories which inform them about how children learn best. Moreover, the beliefs of an educator impacts classroom decision making, ultimately influencing children’s’ chances and opportunities to learn (Levin, He, & Allen, 2014). However, there is a gap between theoretical and practical knowledge of an emerging educator due to many reasons (Hascher, Cocard, & Moser, 2004). In this paper, we would be looking at the various issues regarding the art of teaching, namely, the importance of theory together with an educator’s teaching philosophy and beliefs, the increasing gap between theories and real-life experiences and practices, why it is a challenge to put theory and learning into practice and lastly, on how we as educators, can bridge that gap in order for us to embrace a mind-set of continual change as teaching is ultimately a life-long journey. Teaching, a Science and an Art Although this paper is titled, “The Art of Teaching”, teaching is not only an art, but also a science (Hill, Stremmel, & Fu, 2004). Teaching is often described as an art because of the always changing teaching and learning situations which educators have to constantly seek creative ways in order to practice their

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