The ‘art of teaching’, or the way in which we engage with children and families is ultimately determined by our identity as educators. Recognising and appreciating the diversity of personal and professional dispositions within our teams, we have an opportunity to turn a mirror on ourselves to examine:
- Who are we as teachers or educators? What do we stand for? What are our personal dispositions that impact the decisions we make about how we interact with children and support their ongoing learning and development?
- How do our dispositions, values and beliefs affect these decisions and daily interactions?
- Under what circumstances are our dispositions silenced? Why?
- How can we ensure that the dispositions that we hold as sacred drive our planning and daily interactions with children?
Exploring responses to each of these questions will ensure that we do more than simply profess our values, including these in all aspects of our work with children, families and teams.
Completing Dispositions of great teaching: making links to learning will contribute one hour of PD addressing Standard 6 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
Professional Engagement Standard 6: Engage in professional learning
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice
For information regarding teacher registration and accreditation contact the teacher registration board in your state.