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,
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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 craft of educating (Hill, Stremmel, & Fu, 2004). However, teaching as a science is usually unheard of due to the fluid nature of teaching and dealing with children. Interestingly, we often leave out the educational theories which shape our teaching styles and philosophy. Hill, Stremmel, & Fu (2004) mentions how teaching is a science because it is guided by educational theories which is grounded in a theoretical and philosophical framework made by the teacher. This philosophical framework ultimately reflects a teacher’s knowledge, values, beliefs, aspirations and aims (Cuffaro, 1995). The combination of teaching as an art and teaching as a science then influences how effective practices are and how close relationships are formed in the…show more content…
Darling-Hammond (2006), found that teachers with “explicit strategies to help confront their own deep-seated beliefs and assumptions about learning along with content pedagogy” are better prepared to face challenges which they might encounter when working with a diverse group of students. Thus, it is important for educators not only to understand theory, but to link theory with classroom practice.
Gap between Theory and Practice Although research has shown that theory and practice holds much importance to the life of an educator as mentioned above, it is also known that there is a gap between theoretical and practical knowledge once a teacher enters a real classroom setting (Hascher, Cocard, & Moser, 2004). There are a few reasons which research has identified to which why there is a gap between theory and practice in our education

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