What can the teacher learn in the classroom?
Teachers who aren't listening in the classroom are more interested in being "presenters" rather than being "teachers." Teaching is an interactive process in which teachers use questions and observe student responses to effectively gauge student progress as well as their own success in helping students learn the material and the skills necessary to function in a subject area. Curriculum helps establish long range learning goals in each subject, but teachers, on a daily basis must assess their own progress in making sure students are learning what they need to learn.
Take testing, for instance. Good tests operate in two directions. They require students to demonstrate their command of the material. They also signal to the teacher where instruction has missed the boat. Results on a question most students have missed are a signal that re-teaching from a differing perspective is necessary. Teachers who blame students for missing answers are making a huge mistake.
Listening is probably the most under-emphasized element of teacher education programs. The emphasis is almost always on presentation, developing activities and materials to engage and stimulate students to learn. Self-reflection and responding to needs to change direction receives much less attention, often pointing to deficits in the children themselves. Both the previous respondents wrote effectively about popular cultural issues, so I don't need to do that. However, developing a stronger sense of the culture from which kids come, is also very important. If you don't understand and appreciate your students, you can't teach them.
I learn the most when I listen to my students - particularly the weakest ones. When they take the time to share with me what they understand, it helps me to find where I haven't delivered the content as well as I might have. In fact, sometimes, I've taught directly from the text book - and done it perfectly. No, the student wasn't stupid, the text book method was too dependent on prior knowledge or skills that this student didn't have.
Then, you get to use the student as a guinea pig for alternative ways to present the idea. It's awesome. If the weaker students can do it, you usually end up with a better way to present it to everyone. I've used this any number of times, and it works well. You just have to be willing to listen where the learning stopped, and work forward from there.
Teachers can learn
- something about their students.
- the current trends, practices and commentaries amongst students.
- new research or data about the subjects they teach
- how to make their classroom learning environment friendly, supportive and conductive
- how stressful and fun it can be
- how to adjust classroom management to fit the needs or situation that occurs occasionally (i.e. a student's passing, homecoming, or assemblies)
I will stop here and let others add on. Who knows what I will learn even in Quora.
- Feedback (use Swift Polling for more sincere results)
- Soft skills (interpersonal skills)
- The meaning of true and pure love
- Students' personal problems reflected in their behavior