Meta Reflection: Self-efficacy and Resilience

How these foci might contribute to developing self-efficacy and beginning teacher resilience: To be a wise beginner teacher is to have a solid understanding of self-efficacy and resilience and how to develop these in practice. Self-efficacy is the ability to have influence over the way we feel and think, what we do and behaving culturally … Continue reading Meta Reflection: Self-efficacy and Resilience

Engaging teamwork for transformative learning

As part of building positive relationships in the school context, engaging teamwork enables transformative learning to occur. The Oxford Living Dictionaries (2016) defines teamwork as being “The combined action of a group, especially when effective and efficient”. Teamwork needs to be established between the teacher and students, parents/caregivers, and with fellow teachers/staff members of the school … Continue reading Engaging teamwork for transformative learning

Building effective relationships in the school context

To be a wise teacher is to be relational. Human beings were not designed to function alone (Genesis 2:18), and building relationships with others is at the core of our being. We were created to build good relationships with others, just as God Himself has relationships with His children. As Graham (2009) states, “God in … Continue reading Building effective relationships in the school context

Responding effectively to students’ learning needs

As a wise teacher, responding to student’s various learning needs is crucial in providing worthwhile and effective learning for our pupils. Adolescents need teachers who practice wisdom and discernment in choosing what to teach and how to teach it to maximise pupil engagement. Teachers need to know their learners, recognise the ways in which they … Continue reading Responding effectively to students’ learning needs

Use of Learning Theories and Styles

To be a wise teacher in the context of New Zealand secondary education, one must have a knowledge of different learning theories and learning styles to inform their own teaching practice. In order to bring about effective student learning, growth, and achievement, a wise teacher will ensure that they have significant understanding of how their young people learn and process information, common ways in which different students prefer to learn and learn best, and how to make use of these concepts to inform their everyday teaching practice and planned learning activities.