Teaching Paradigms In Practical Teaching

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1. INTRODUCTION School education is the first environment outside home where a child learns to interact with others. Learners learn in different ways, therefore using different paradigm approaches in education like behaviorism, constructivism and critical pedagogy helps a lot. According to Cuba (1990) he said in order to get a grip about these paradigms, we need to clarify ontology, epistemology and methodology. The aim of this assignment is to identify the role of teaching paradigms observed during my practical teaching. On this assignment I will discuss a lot about how I observed it’s positive and negative outcome during my practical teaching on both learners and educators and why it is essential for teachers to understand the role of paradigms…show more content…
In this location there are 3 primary schools including the one we did our practice teaching at. This particular school we were placed at, is the second oldest school in the location. It was found in 1950. The dominating population in this location is Sotho speaking people. The school offer Sesotho as a home language. The conditions of the school buildings are no-longer in good state due to the fact that the school was found and established in 1950 which is a very long time. There are fifteen educators, two are white and 13 are black and Sotho speaking. The total roll of learners is 580. In the interview, I had with the Principal, I discovered that the total number of learners is too much for the number of educators. I also found out that teachers in this school teach many subjects because they have to split subjects amongst themselves and this put much pressure on…show more content…
Students often mimic a teacher’s actions. If the teacher prepares a warm, happy environment, students are more likely to be happy. An environment set by the teacher can be either positive or negative. If students sense the teacher is angry, students may react negatively to that and therefore learning can be impaired. Teachers are responsible for the social behavior in their classrooms. This behavior is primarily a reflection of the teacher’s actions and the environment she sets. Role Modelling Teachers typically do not think of themselves as role models, however, inadvertently they are. Students spend a great deal of time with their teacher and therefore, the teacher becomes a role model to them. This can be a positive or negative effect depending on the teacher. Teachers are there not only to teach the children, but also to love and care for them. Teachers are typically highly respected by people in the community and therefore become a role model to students and parents.

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