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Born to Teach: Becoming A Gifted Teacher [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Jerome Baker

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I have always been a “gifted teacher”, as John Dewey put it, in his 1929 book, “The Sources of a Science of Education”. I am intuitive. I prepare classes, anticipate problems and alternative pathways through a lesson. Yet, if I am honest with you, I must say that I try to be fluid, to “flow” from beginning, to middle, to end.
Bruce Lee, the famous martial artist, put it like this: “Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless. Like water. Now, you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put it into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend.”
John Dewey admitted that “...success in teaching is often not in any direct ratio to knowledge of educational principles.” This is often true in English Language Teaching, where years of study can produce a teacher well-schooled in culture, sociology, psychology, pedagogy and grammar, yet deficient in the ability to speak, read, understand, or write in English, or vice versa.
Nonetheless, Dewey felt that, “But what is overlooked that the successes of such individuals tend to be born and to die with them: beneficial consequences extend only to those pupils who have personal contact with such gifted teachers... the contributions of such men and women in the past have been thus confined, and the only way by which we can prevent such waste in the future is by methods which enable us to make an analysis of what the gifted teacher does intuitively, so that something accruing from his work can be communicated to others.”
In essence, that’s what my books are about, leaving a written record of my intuitive experience, so it may be shared with others, now and in the future...

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  • Print Length: 212 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C8AUF32
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