Teaching is one of the world’s popular professions. This factor, therefore, makes it one of the most important activities of any society. Its rewards and challenges to both teachers and learners are, equally, numerable. This paper outlines the myriad benefits and challenges of teaching to the teachers.
In their book, Introduction to Teaching: Becoming a Professional, Kauchak and Eggen handles number issues that impact teaching at every level of education. These include; different schools that would suit every teacher, the diversities in teaching, the influence of technology in teaching, risks those teachers are exposed to in their jobs, diversities in education, urban education, and other general aspects of teaching. In chapter 1, they have handled several rewards and challenges that teachers face in teaching.
When exploring the educational structures of the urban regions, for example, the authors outline some of the opportunities and needs in the educational sector of urban regions of the United States. While these factors can benefit both teachers and learners in a number of ways, they can also pose several challenges to them. The book gives a critical analysis of these factors in the contexts of both rewards and setbacks to the educators.
Benefits of Teaching
Teaching is the ultimate way of acquiring the higher standards of autonomy. Every class might be having a designed curricular that guides learning, but it is the teacher who still decides what to handle in each day. This is also guided by the teacher’s interest, level of education and personality. Teaching, therefore, is one of the professions that give more room for creativity and autonomy.
One of the numerous rewards of this profession is the variety. For every turn of the year, teachers receive new groups of students with different ideas, expectations, experiences, and knowledge from the previous years. The teachers also have the capacity to review and add more topics to the existing courses, improvise new teaching techniques, and even introduce new designs of classrooms to accommodate the new lot of students.
Challenges in Teaching
Beyond the rewards, teaching poses a lot of challenges for the teachers too. One of the major setbacks in education sector is the inadequacy of resources. It is undeniable that the global economic slump has impacted teaching in a negative way. Not only has the spending resources in teaching reduced, but the number of teachers getting employment opportunities and teaching budgeting has also deteriorated.
Virtually, every teacher wants their students to achieve the best and, equally, get involved in every learning activity. This requires them to design their lessons that match the diverse needs as well as ensuring that they are engaging and captivating to the students. However, the large number of students, diverse expectations, education management, disciplinary concerns, and the dynamism of teaching make it a big challenge to the teachers.
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