Qualified expectations (2 of 2)

November 8, 2012

"Universal lesson to be learned" rightly concludes that "there is no ignoring the fact that the qualifications of those who teach matter at all levels of education". However, becoming a skilled teacher is not simply about acquiring formal qualifications. The qualities that a good teacher needs are likely to develop over time, requiring detailed reflection on one's methods with both students and colleagues. In short, becoming an effective teacher should be seen as a long-term process. Only on retirement should this process end.

Michael Somerton, Retired senior lecturer, University of Hull

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