HomeExemplary PracticesExemplary Faculty PracticesFall 2012University of Texas at El Paso | Soul Tending Teacher Learning
  • Soul Tending Teacher Learning

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    Dr. Patricia Ainsa

  • About Our Practice

    Soul Tending Teacher is a learning object for students to discover inner teaching wisdom. Students have a wealth of wisdom and truth to share. Diverse philosophical activities are used to help students evaluate gifts. The exercises offer a new way for students to look within and reflect upon their talents. Evidence that Soul Tending Teacher enhances student learning is present in pretest/post-test evaluations and in the comments about the depth of engagement during the process.

  • Key Practice Features

    Students who journal and evaluate their experience on pre-post tests, and who identify and reflect upon unique individual special talents and characteristics, bring a greater awareness to their learning and future teaching career. I see their increased confidence and creativity as students discover individual specialties they have been preparing for simply by living their lives and their experiences. They discover through reflection that some experiences that they previously considered negative have been the most developmentally useful to their future careers. Key actions in creating this greater awarenss (or soul-tending) include:

    • To identify and reflect upon unique individual special talents and characteristics
    • To use journaling to bring this awareness to their learning and provide connections between that talent and teaching
    • To provide an opportunity for deep reflection to engage the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy, that of creativity
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About Faculty Practices

Exemplary faculty practices are innovative methods of conveying both knowledge and experience to teacher candidates in such a way as to prepare them to excel as leaders in the classroom.

Such practices may be the work on one faculty member, a group of faculty members or a department-wide practice in a teacher preparation program.

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Exemplary Defined

Exemplary faculty practices are those that provide teacher candidates a deep understanding of both content and the ability to put that content into classroom practice.

The ability to effectively translate knowledge into student learning helps make the difference between ordinary teachers and exceptional teachers.

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Key Practice Elements

Exemplary faculty practices share a common thread of creativity and innovation in their design.

These practices are intended to provide the optimum environment for teacher candidates to put learning theory into practice.  Often, exemplary faculty practices sharpen one or more key teaching competencies.

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