As part of the activities in Week Two of the Professional Practice course, I took the Teacher Perspective Inventory (TPI). The TPI is a tool used by instructors to determine what type of teacher-profile they have, and to reflect on what type of teacher they may want to be.
I approached the survey thinking solely of my role as a marketing instructor within the School of Business at BCIT. Prior to taking the TPI, I had not heard of this tool. As such I was unaware of the five perspectives (Transmission, Apprenticeship, Developmental, Nurturing, and Social Reform) or the philosophical viewpoint each represents.
My results were quite differentiated in that two areas “Apprenticeship” and “Nurturing” spiked higher that others. Back-up perspectives included “Transmission” and “Development”. An area I do not focus on (recessive) is Social Reform.
I wasn’t surprised to see “Apprenticeship” score high on my survey as I do believe that those with experience in a subject area, or subject matter experts, can be more effective because the bring an aspect of credibility to the table. That said, after taking the PID I also believe that teaching is a skill that can be taught and with the right research, preparation and practice, one can teach a variety of subjects well whereby they are not the subject matter expert.
It was also not surprising to see “Nurturing” as a dominant trait because I do believe in providing an element of caring and support to my students as they go through their learning journey. I believe in challenging students by setting achievable goals. My assessment of learning includes individual growth as well as practical application. This is how I also want to be taught and evaluated!
“Transmission” was a back up trait that I would like to expand upon, particularly because this is a trait that students report as being memorable. In this approach content is delivered accurately and efficiently in a logical way that builds on learning. High standards are set and supported by the instructor by directing students to resources and providing feedback. Instructors are enthusiastic and excited about the learning.
I’d like to become more a “developmental” teacher in that I’d like to be more student-centred in my approach. Sometimes I find this tough to do with the time constraints I am under. I want to pay more attention to how the learners in my classes think and tailor the learning to them. The reality is that with 100 students this semester, tailoring learning to individual styles can be a challenge. As such, I will aim to provide a variety of activities to suit individual learning styles.
I do not view “social reform” as a large part of my role as a marketing instructor. Of course, I do stress how important it is to conduct oneself in an ethical manner and this is important to me. I would like to add more aspects of how students can use the information they are learning to make the world a better place, especially given all the turmoil in the world at this moment.
In conclusion, the TPI had me considering where I am as an instructor and where I can improve to deliver an even better experience to my students.