quote:I agree.... this is a really important point and I wondered - from the teachers among you (?) - if this aspect of teaching is ever touched on in training, or discussed between teachers.
Certainly, I've discussed the impact teacher expectations has on students' academic performance in the forum before. In fact, there is a discussion taking place right now about this issue in the Politics forum under the thread entitled, "Are Schools Failing Black Boys?" This issue is also heavily discussed in education programs and textbooks. I'm currently enrolled into Master's Education Program and the subject of teachers' expectations is discussed quite often. However, the fact of the matter is, no matter how much sensitive training a teacher receives, a teacher cannot deny his or her socialization and upbringing. Each of us is under the influence of sex socialization, race socialization, and culture/family socialization. Thus, when teachers walk into their classrooms, they bring their socialization and upbringing with them.
quote:My other question is, after initial 'teacher training' and beyond day-to-day teaching experience where/how do teachers expand their knowledge?
Most teachers are expected to attend monthly workshops that are designed to keep them abreast of the latest and most effective best teacher practices, research, and teaching strategies. Also, many teachers, after a certain number of years of teaching, decide to return back to school for their Master's degree, which requires them to do lots of research. By doing research, teachers can stay abreast of current teaching strategies that have proven to be the most effective with students. Lastly, education journals (e.g., Journal of Negro Edcuation, Journal of Black Psychology, Journal of Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Exceptional Children, The Reading Teacher, etc.) are loaded with current research and recommended teaching strategies. Most teachers subscribe to at least three education journals in order to stay current in their chosen field of interest.