Comments on: Non Teachers Teaching: Yay or Nay? Education on the Edge Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:22:50 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Bennett Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:57:24 +0000 Unfortunately, a degree in education (or in my field, a degree in engineering) doesn’t guarantee anything career-related… This is especially true for those graduates that have convinced themselves they were getting an education that included EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AND PERSONAL LIFE. With all the material available to everyone and with the requirements for most any career 5-10 years after graduation, lifelong learning is not an option.

And so are lots of other characteristics / skills besides lifelong learning; skills such as critical thinking, effective problem solving, teaming, and communicating. Finally don’t forget the intangibles such as empathy and common sense!

So could Claire – without a degree – make an impact??? OF COURSE!!!! There are so many keys besides the degree that are critically important; AND that degree, even today, very likely, might have far less value than it should!!!
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By: Mark Barnes Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:17:51 +0000 I see what you mean, Stephanie. Some instructors are natural teacher and others are not. There are many licensed educators who are not good, but I still believe the license is important. Thanks for keeping the conversation going.
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By: Stephanie Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:59:27 +0000 In my opinion, they absolutely should. But, my point was that having a degree and a license does not necessarily mean a person is good at (or, sometimes, even qualified) to teach. It just means they went to school, and have a certain level of knowledge about a subject. Some instructors are natural teachers with or without schooling, and sadly, many are not.

By: Mark Barnes Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:29:55 +0000 If many college instructors are sharing boring material and aren’t making it engaging, don’t they need some sort of training?
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By: Stephanie Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:47:50 +0000 I very much disagree that licensed teachers are better prepared for classroom situations, ESPECIALLY at the college level. I work with an instructional design team at a college. As teachers bring their curriculum to us (and these are subject matter experts) I have asked, “Don’t these teachers have to take some sort of class on HOW to teach? Or about how people learn? Or how to write curriculum?” And the answer is NO. Most college level faculty went to school for their subject, like history, or literature, or chemistry, and are often hired without having taken any education courses at all. Much of the material is boring reiterations of the textbook, or the teachers research; it is unorganized; hands-off, hardly engaging learning; and often has as little teacher involvement as possible. This is not true of all teachers, but sadly it is too often the case, and even more so in the older generation of teachers. With my less educated experience in corporate training, I would make a better teacher than many. Teachers need more than a degree and subject matter knowledge — they need enthusiasm, creativity, personality, speaking (and writing) skills, the ability to use many tools, and flex their teaching styles to meet a variety of different learners.

By: Mike Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:43:38 +0000 I was also a non-teacher that found his way into the classroom because of a love of travel and not necessarily education. As such, I met dozens, if not hundreds of people just like me as I taught English in several different countries over the course of 7 years.

In my experience being a non-teacher wasn’t an issue whatsoever if you recognized this fact and made some sort of effort to learn “how” to teach along the way. But sure, I met plenty of folks 5 years in that were still flying by the seat of their pants and were in it for the paycheck….and I met plenty who THOUGHT they were good teachers but were ridiculously bad at it.

So no, I don’t think that a university degree in education is necessary to be successful at the front of the classroom, but classroom experience is not enough to truly be effective. After one year of teaching I took an intensive English teaching training course in Thailand and without question having a little bit of methodology under my belt made the job a whole lot easier.
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