Teaching as a profession.

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Teaching is a fast-growing profession, especially in inner city and rural areas, and is expected to continue to grow for many years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Still, there are problems that impede growth in the profession. Salaries are higher, but schools are overcrowded and funding is limited.

Teaching as a profession-Introduction

Teaching refers the process of imparting knowledge or skill, it is an activity intended to induce learning. While these definitions are simply stated the act or art of teaching can be quite difficult.
Teaching is a very professional career where an individual is held accountable through a series of tests, assessments and tools to gauge the achievement of students and their learning. Teachers utilize their skills to convey a variety of teachable subjects to students within the classroom from math, science, history, social studies, to music, art, and life skills. The list of subjects that are put into the hands and creative minds of educators could go on for great lengths.

Teaching is a partnership between schools, community, and parents to help children succeed in their academic careers. Each time a teacher has exposure to a student, they have the opportunity to provide building blocks for students to take with them to new studies and plateaus.

Teaching is such a rewarding and challenging career, as teachers reach outside the box, and often outside their range of knowledge to help students overcome academic, social, and emotional challenges to ensure success. It is incredibly rewarding when individuals have worked diligently with success in reaching students and allowing them to reach their potential growth. It can be a struggle to know that we are planting seeds in the youth that we are influencing and not see cultivated change but know that the changes will come in the near future.

Teachers are a valuable resource to communities worldwide, nationwide, and community-wide. They provide an essential role of helping provide the best possible means of education to a group of students that they possibly can. In becoming a teacher, individuals learn a variety of tools in their education. Aspiring teachers have a criterion of classes that will help shape their knowledge base to become outstanding educators.

Origin and Development of teaching profession.

Teaching in the 1800s.

The 1800s brought dramatic changes in the teaching profession. By now, Massachusetts required all towns with more than 500 families to have a high school for all students.

In the 1840s, Horace Mann and Henry Barnard helped create school systems in Massachusetts and Connecticut that further increased teacher training and pay. In most states, teachers by this time needed to take a test for certification that licensed them to teach.

In 1857, the National Teachers Association formed and was the largest labor union in the United States. It fought for the rights of teachers and improved conditions in the profession.

Teaching in the 1900s.

In the 1900s, because conditions began to improve and teaching became a more desirable profession, more men became teachers. In 1954, a turning point took place when the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education, ruled that "separate but equal schools" were inherently unequal, and ordered the integration of public schools throughout the United States. The teaching profession emphasized improving teaching methods to accommodate the new educational needs of a changing society.

In the first half of the nineteenth century, the requirements for entry into teaching were modest: new teachers had to persuade a local school board of their moral character, and in some districts, pass a test of their general knowledge. In 1834, Pennsylvania became the first state to require future teachers to pass a test of reading, writing, and arithmetic. By 1867, most states required teachers to pass a locally administered test to get a state certificate, which usually included not only the basic skills, but also U.S. history, geography, spelling, and grammar.

During the nineteenth century, different states adopted different approaches to training future teachers. In some, like New York, the state subsidized private academies to prepare teachers for its schools. Massachusetts supported "normal schools" for teacher training, which offered short courses in educational methods, mainly for elementary teachers. In western states, normal schools offered longer courses, both academic and professional, which prepared future teachers and administrators. In rural areas, local school boards ran teacher institutes, where their teachers could brush up on academic and pedagogical subjects. Some large school districts, like New York City, organized their own teacher training programs, led by experienced teachers, well into the 1930s.
Teacher certification in the nineteenth century was irregular and diverse. There was no single pattern, and there was no teaching profession as such.
Teaching Today.

Teaching today has advanced into computer age, which has changed the emphasis in teaching. Giving students assignments on the Internet has opened new and different educational possibilities. The influx of new immigrants requires increased classes in English as a Second Language.

Teaching profession continues to improve today, in Kenya for example, there is a commission on higher education which is addressing some of the impediments to teaching. Entries into teaching profession has been elevated where by upon implementation, primary head teachers shall require a degree while early childhood educators shall be diploma holders.

Impediments to teaching as a profession.

Teaching attracts people with almost same academic qualifications hence promotion becomes an issue.

It has blow remunerations in comparison with other professions. Many individuals struggle with the pros and cons of teaching, stating low salary is not desirable, or that they do not have patience, or therefore the ability to work well with others. However, teachers are pretty savvy in their ability to select a position that fits their aptitude, skill, and desirability. Teaching can be considered an opportunity to serve others --

Issues to do with canal knowledge especially in primary schools.

Lack of professional growth especially in lower levels of education.


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