Self-monitoring: demystifying the wonder of expert teaching
Recent research indicates that expert teachers self-monitor four fundamental aspects of their teaching: (1) instructional skills (2) teaching perspective, (3) personal characteristics, and (4) knowledge base (Schempp, et al., 2006). Whenever possible, teachers should take the time to observe the lessons of more experienced or more expert teachers; communicate with well-established educators at different levels of education, including K-12 teachers and professors at colleges and universities; attend professional conferences and workshops; and read both contemporary and classic works on teaching and learning. A recent study of Bobby Bowden, one of the most successful college football coaches of all time, revealed that his office housed an entire library of books on military leadership and strategy (Smith, 2004).
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