Friday, June 7, 2013

Teachers & Educators: How They Differ

Another school year has come to an end, and while students in K-12 celebrate getting promoted, and college students either celebrate moving one step closer to their academic goals, or reaching them, they've all been influenced by a teacher or educator.

Second to parents - who are the first educators in a child's life - teachers have to voluntarily assume that role. The majority are intrinsically motivated to do so. They are the ones for whom teaching is a calling; a way to make a difference in the lives of others, and make the world a better place in the process.
Teachers are skilled in teaching. They have mastery knowledge of their subject and a strong grasp of the pedagogical processes that enable them to transfer that knowledge. Teachers take pride in the positive results that students get on tests because its proof that they have been taught well.
Educators, while concerned with the outcomes of tests, are more concerned with student life outcomes. Often, the real impact of an educator is felt long after a student leaves his/her classroom...long after the tests they've taken, and the grades they've received, have been forgotten.
The job of teachers is important; they provide lessons for the classroom. The role of educators is significant; they provide lessons beyond the classroom. If you've been a student, this will help you pinpoint the differences. If you teach for a living, hopefully this, and the powerfully accurate video below, will help you make further distinctions between teachers and educators.

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