Teaching the way we were taught

I asked a novice teacher how she had learnt to be so interactive with her teaching, and how she had succeeded in getting her P2 students to speak out so spontaneously throughout the lesson. She said THAT was the classroom learning that she went through while a school student in Canada.

Many scholars in education have written about this kind of unconscious ‘apprenticeship’ that teachers went through before they became teachers. That is, teachers often teach the way that they were taught. This reminds me of the importance of peer lesson observation in professional development – often we are not aware of other ways to teach, until we have the chance to witness them.

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