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What is Teaching?

Reflective Essay 1

In this module's case assignment and TD activity, you have been reflecting on and examining your understanding of two basic terms: Education and Learning.

In conjunction with our focus on "some basic terms", in a 1.5 to 2 page paper responds to the following:

What is teaching?

Please examine the research done by J.S. Atherton, which is in the Background Info section, as you reflect on what teaching means to you.

Assignment Expectations

Remember, there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer to your essay. The primary expectations below, however, are to be followed:

Your essay is to demonstrate careful and deliberate thought toward this topic / question.

Your essay is to be a personal, in-depth, analysis of this topic. NOT merely an objective "cut-and-dry" response.

Your essay is to be written in a clear, organized, and professional manner.

Length: 1.5-2 pages (double-spaced, 1 inch margins).

If you use any source in the formulating of your response to this question, such as the Atherton article, for example... (Hint, hint), those references MUST be properly cited and listed.

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My name and is Jason Blair and it is my pleasure to be assisting you today with some note related to the concept of teaching and what it means. By way of introduction, I am a professor in the state of Arizona.

This question is actually quite fascinating, because you can approach it in multiple ways. Your professor appears to have left that approach largely up to you, which I think is brilliant. For my notes to be of value to you, however, you need to relate my own personal philosophy of the concept of teaching to your own in an effort to arrive at your own, reasoned, reflection and response. With that said, let me begin.

Many would contend that teaching is related to scholarly pursuits, such as academics. In essence, however, teaching involves so much more. Teachers can be anyone. Children can teach us, ...

Solution Summary

Discussion about teaching, education, and learning and what these concepts mean today.