How can you learn to teach

Swiss Society for Applied Vocational Training Research

Just teach well is an introduction to general didactics that can be used by people in teacher training and further education directly in various settings. Instead of pure theory, we wanted to create a working tool that simply and clearly ties in with the previous knowledge of students, experienced teachers and further training participants and encourages deepening in pedagogical and didactic questions and concepts. Just teach well should be a book that you enjoy reading, you enjoy leafing through and that you also enjoy writing down your thoughts in. Our experience from working with students and teachers at educational universities and as teachers in primary and secondary levels I and II has taught us that teaching well is not that easy. A guiding principle that continuously applies to us as lecturers as well as to teachers of all levels is: Only if we can develop our own professional understanding of learning and teaching are we able to use the didactic models and methods and forms of assessment that are suitable for our learners , Also use planning schemes and reflection tools effectively. And always with a view and goal of what seems most suitable for the learners in our lessons and in the respective context. To develop this understanding, we need to question ourselves and our existing ideas about learning and teaching. Furthermore, we have to acquire knowledge, learn to understand the background and derive our own application from this for the best possible advancement of our learners and ultimately for the quality of our own teaching.

For this reason, we have chosen a structure in this book that gradually changes from our own analysis of existing concepts and personal experiences to a process in which the often difficult theoretical knowledge that precedes it in many well-known didactic manuals is opened. Only then, in a third step, does the reader get to concrete and practical application for their own lessons. We are of the opinion that a personal and professional understanding of good teaching can only be achieved through such a discussion. It is up to each individual teacher to decide what, to what extent and, above all, how the proposed concepts, methods and possible applications are to be implemented. And that is exactly what we wanted to do when we wrote Simply teach well: Helping students and teachers to develop their own professional identity in an interesting way. Because, we think, teaching is something extremely personal.