Friday 1 August 2014

Is B.Ed enough for teachers?

We can explore the reasons to understand if really B.Ed alone is enough for being a good teacher.

Quality of Teachers: To improve learning objectives and to achieve learning outcomes, it is not enough to hire teachers with the right fit in terms of degree and experience but to also gauge their potential to create positive impact on learners and inspire them to make learning their personal discipline. If the demo class with a new hire even remotely hints at a teacher’s ability and intention to impact, the learning system of education will automatically reflect a soaring graph.

A Teacher’s Toolkit: Every teacher has his/ her toolkit – Qualifications, labels, experience, depth of understanding the subject and the kind. Being more knowledgeable is not always being a better teacher. The degrees can get you the job but not really certify you as a great or more effective teacher. Experience certainly can give that edge to deal with wider range of questions related to the subject to the entire satisfaction of the student. It is only teachers with better teaching skills who do far better than those with just smarter tool kits. They also thoroughly enjoy what they do because of the results it brings.

Methodology: What truly determines the quality of knowledge shared is not the system of education, syllabus, and lesson plans; it is what works with a specific target group that stands out as the best methodology. It is often a combination of tools and techniques - medium, motivation; methods go hand in hand and any effort to teach just with a standard methodology without any understanding of a learner’s drive is as futile as never to have taught at all.

Two times learning: Challenges thrown at teachers either in terms of dealing with difficult students, classroom realities of disobedience or just relevant questions beyond syllabus and teacher’s scope of knowledge has always added to a teacher’s toolkit. Though trained teachers do better than untrained ones in handling a class, they are not always better in teaching as that is an altogether different ability.

Under researched Areas: A large proportion of teachers quit, in spite of joining the vocation with great enthusiasm. This is simply because the way teachers are taught. Only sharing teaching tools and not exactly showing how to teach or developing the required skills is the one of the primary causes of this crisis. A B. Ed class should be able to assist the learner to imagine a real time class, a chaotic disobedient class or a studious class with intelligent questions and accordingly apply their tools and expertise. Like any other course, teacher’s training requires being apprenticed to someone or supervised while doing it alone initially with a structured feedback mechanism from an experienced practitioner.

Social View/ Industry pressure: In our society, a teacher’s job, regardless of the pay is still a very respectable job. A teacher who cannot set a good example by being principled in his/ her ways in the class environment or elsewhere, lose credibility which in turn impacts a student’s belief system, thought process and at times their learning curve. A teacher who compromises under parental pressure or school’s hierarchy and leadership has to work harder to improve their integrity rather than prove their abilities.

While the teacher’s can acquire their toolkit from their respective course degrees, BECKON Model sharpens that much needed skill to teach, that is more important than the tools - to stay composed during a reality crisis and gradually build that trust in student-teacher relationship.

BECKON Model will nurture even untrained teachers with required classroom simulations, structured feedback, and support in their teaching journey with adequate exposure to real time scenarios and demonstration. BECKON will support at different levels in this pathway, as determined by the learner however after an evaluation of their current capacity through BECKON questionnaire and face-to-face interaction.

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