PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION UNIT
What teachers do today affects tomorrow. This is the underlying principle which supports the unit’s conceptual framework, Architects of the Future. If teachers are to affect the future they must be skillful and reflective as they plan, carry out and evaluate instruction. Tomorrow’s success will depend on social as well as academic skills and teachers must choose instructional strategies which ensure mastery of both. Interpersonal skills which facilitate interaction with peers, parents and an increasing array of professionals are critical to a teacher’s success. Teachers who affect the future will be decision makers responding to questions concerning what to teach, how to evaluate and which technologies will facilitate the process. Shaping the future as a teacher will require a strong sense of commitment to the profession, to children and to one’s own professional growth. Architects of the Future will be those who are able to meet the challenges and celebrate the opportunities of an increasingly diverse society.
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