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close this bookTeacher Training: a Reference Manual (Peace Corps, 1986, 176 p.)
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View the documentUnderstanding the educational process
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Understanding the educational process

In order to understand the day-to-day routines of teaching, it is often necessary to understand the overall context in which they occur. Whereas Chapter 1 focussed on teacher training, this chapter examines classroom teaching. It addresses the question: What are the many things a teacher needs to know to be more effective?

What are a teacher needs

The goof of this chapter will be to piece together this puzzle so that the teacher understands not only the information presented in each of the sections, but the way each section is related and interrelated to other parts of the educational process as well.

Although each section can be read in isolation to answer specific questions, it is best to read and understand this chapter in its entirety. Designing learning activities in isolation from objectives or materials is like a doctor caring for the heart in isolation from the liver or brain. It may appear to work on the surface but, deep down, something is bound to go wrong.

Classroom teaching is one of the most challenging and important professions there is. This chapter is meant to help teachers make their jobs both easier and more rewarding by making them part of an active and effective educational system.