Profesional Identities and Practice Styles

Essay by nlsUniversity, Bachelor's December 2004

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My aim in this assignment is to outline the factors I consider have been important to my development as a teacher. From these I hope to identify my professional identity within teaching and trace the development of my style. To assist me with this task I have chosen to analyse a critical incident which occurred whilst I was teaching. This incident caused me to analyse my ability and development as a teacher and therefore helped shape my professional identity and practice style to what it is today.

"Our approach to teaching is a highly complex process, which requires us to understand the theories of learning, our ideological view of our role as a teacher, our particular learning context, our subject, the environment and the background and expectations of our students." (Armitage et al 1999, p76)

For the past 15 years I have been a Physical Training Instructor and therefore involved heavily in the practice of teaching.

My pupils have been both military and civilian and I have taught many subjects, both theoretically and practically. I feel confident teaching and felt that I had come across most of the likely situations a teacher experiences both in and out of the classroom. I had always empathised well with my pupils and could enthuse the unmotivated. I placed motivation, enthusiasm and professionalism high on my agenda.

had lots of experience in both fields and was happy to switch between coaching and teaching if and when the need arose.

In November 1998 I was given the enviable task of instructing 10 adolescent boys at HMS Raleigh. These young lads who were between thirteen and fifteen had been identified by the Police due to their involvement in petty crime. I introduced myself to the group and explained what I...