Monday, September 24, 2007

on bookish teachers..


Teachers who are slaves to their textbooks fail to bring in real-world lessons into the classroom and are thus seldom effective. Every word they say and every example they give is from the book. They cannot live without the book as their only source of information. This habit is not really bad but students only get to see one side of the lesson. A good teacher should be able to use book information as springboard for real discussion in the classroom. A good teacher should be able to merge theory with her own experience outside of the book. Even in subjects like Math. In teaching the intricacies of formulas, the teacher should be able to connect the lessons with the students' lives. How and where can they use these complex formulations?

Always remember that books had been written by people too, some in fact by new writers who had been teachers themselves but this does not make them the sole authority on the subject. You can use their work as reference but never as the Word of God in the classroom. A good teacher does her best to have more than one reference book on any subject. She gets the ideas and opinions of as many authors or writers, say, 3 to 6 books.

Any teacher with a good many years of experience can author a book on his subject. His wide classroom experience could offer valuable information to new teachers. With a dash of information from other authors to back his own, he will be able to come up with a book that not only teaches theory but also provides practice for students.

7 comments:

christopher calumpang bscs-4 said...

Yes, I agree that most of the teachers base only thier research on a certain topics on books because not all teachers are fully equipped with knowledge about computers with this it is but proper for them to have themselves aqcuainted with the very fast technology.
Computers do function in so many ways. It can give very good information about a certain topic. You can search and save files. It can help anyone of us. It is a good source of information not only to students but also to teachers as well. So, i definitely agree on instead of having only sources in books but also to have sources in internets.
So, i humbly say that this article offers a great challenge to teachers. It is nice to know that teachers would not only refer thier ideas on books but also to internet as well.
-tanx-
from: Christopher Calumpang
SPUD

Tosca said...

Being a teacher doesn't mean that what you have learned from the book is the only way of teaching to your students. A teacher is not only teaching in a state that he/she can never learn from his/her students, but a teacher must also open up to his/her students' opinions and sharings. This is also a key to a good relationship to your students.
A teacher who relies only on books doesn't mean that he/she is a bad teacher. It is also good knowing that your teacher is doing his/her best to learn your own subject in a way that she could teach whatever she have learned to teach his/her students. A good teacher must know the capacity of learning and how it is applied to his/her students.
For the teachers who did their very bests in teaching, I am thanking you all because you really worth more than a GREAT MENTOR to me.

[tosca danica r. aspera]
BSHRM-III

Jun Rey S. Lim said...

I agree, mostly teachers this time are depending on thier books in having thier lesson. It would be nice if they will be using thier own teaching techniques. Books are only used for thier guide but some are copying it word by word which find the student hard sometime to understand.

tibe said...

I agree that most teacher are bookkish, but being bookish is better because all the lessons written in the book will be discuss by them. For me I dont mind that teachers would have to research in order for them to discuss the lesson, as long as everything that is wriiten in the book are well discuss its fine with me.

jHoaNna Lou pLanteraS said...

yEep..!!!..being bookish is not quite bad..and i agree that being a bookish teacher is also not quite bad because through reading books,he/she gain higher informations about his/her lessons..for me,it's ok to be a bookish one because i admit that im also a bookish person..but it doesn't mean that if you have a bookish personality you are just depending your informations only in the book...a right bookish person should also apply his/her gained informations to the outside world..he/she must have the ability to connect the knowledge from the book and from the outside experiences..

Anonymous said...

Kent Archie Gumalo BBA-$

For me, teachers should not based only their lessons with one source. they must look from other sources so that students will know a lot of information where they can apply in their everyday life. afterall, students go to school to learn to make their lives better.

Anonymous said...

Kent Archie Gumalo BBA-$

For me, teachers should not based only their lessons with one source. they must look from other sources so that students will know a lot of information where they can apply in their everyday life. afterall, students go to school to learn to make their lives better.